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Through 'Read How You Want' ECPA member publishers can bring
their books to a whole new market at no additional cost.

Read How You Want (RHYW) provides an efficient means of converting texts into many accessible formats from the existing print-ready PDF version of any book. Formats include:

  • DAISY (a digital format with synchronized text and speech)
  • Commercial Braille (suitable for printing & refreshable Braille displays)
  • EasyRead Large print editions (7 formats optimized for greater readability for the visually impaired)
  • Kindle and other e-book formats

The RHYW Standard Publishing Agreement includes free conversion* of  your titles from  PDF to the accessible formats with a 50/50 net revenue share.

* for publishers who want to maintain control over their e-book distribution, RHYW provides special partner rates for conversion into all popular e-book formats RHYW will convert any book from PDF to the accessible formats at no charge* with an agreement to market and sell those formats for the publisher. (*excluding e-book formats)

The ECPA/RHYW publisher partnership program also provides internet marketing services, sales channel support, distribution through both and the RHYW website - a Publisher specific Accessible Formats  web-page and international distribution through Amazon’s UK and European sites and RHYW’s Australia,New Zealand web-site. This unique partnership allows ECPA publishers to make their titles available to a broad spectrum of readers including those with physical disabilities.

To sign up or for more information, contact Mark Kuyper.

Millions of people are not able to read their favorite books due to limited eyesight, medical conditions or learning disabilities.

As the population ages, more and more people will be unable to read the text of the average book.

According to the University of Washington Ophthalmology Department:

  • 100 million Americans are visually disabled without corrective lenses
  • 80 million people suffer from a potentially blinding eye disease
  • More than 11 million people have severe visual conditions not correctible by glasses
  • 1.1 million people are legally blind (have corrected vision in their better eye of 20/200 or worse)
  • 100,000 people have retinitis pigmentosa (RP), a family of progressive inherited diseases that cause deterioration of the retina and blindness.

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