Accessibility Tips for Authors featuring Wendy Reid
The Kobo Writing Life team is happy to announce our next Live Q&A on August 25th from 12:00 PM-1:00 PM EST (previously August 24th). KWL director Tara and author engagement manager Laura will be joined by Kobo’s accessibility and publishing standards lead, Wendy Reid! Be sure to have your questions about everything to do with accessibility for this informative conversation.
For our August Q&A, we will be speaking with Kobo’s Accessibility and Publishing Standards Lead, Wendy Reid! Wendy has featured previously on the KWL podcast and is ready to join us again to offer us a wealth of information related to accessibility in eBook publishing, how indie authors can increase their accessibility on their websites and in their marketing practices, and much more!
Wendy provided us with this amazing list of resources for authors (or anyone!) looking to improve accessibility for their ePUBS, on their website, in a newsletter, on social media posts, and more:
- Ace by DAISY – accessibility checker for EPUB
- DAISY Knowledge Base, everything you need to know about coding accessible EPUBs
- Accessible Publishing Learning Network – lots of excellent resources!
- WAVE Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool
- Colour Contrast, an easy to use colour contrast checker
- Accessible Social, a resource for creating accessible social media content
- Social Visual Alt Text, fun web extension for viewing alternative text on social media
We will be discussing such subjects as:
- Why accessibility matters
- Optimizing your metadata
- How to make your author website more accessible
- Writing alt text for your social media posts
- Accessibility in eBooks
- Accessibility in your newsletters
- Audiobooks and accessibility
- Tools authors can use to improve accessibility
And more! We will also have time for audience questions at the end, so be sure to join the live event! And, as always, happy writing.
Wendy Reid is the Accessibility and Publishing Standards Lead at Rakuten Kobo, a retailer, publisher, and reading system developer for ebooks and audiobooks. She is responsible for Kobo’s Accessibility and Standards work, where she mainly focuses on digital accessibility and technical standards for ebooks and audiobooks.
Tara runs Kobo Writing Life (KWL), Kobo’s independent publishing platform. As a subject matter expert in all aspects of indie publishing, her aim is to make KWL the greatest and most user-friendly self-publishing platform available and always looking for ways for indies to reach a new audience of readers.
Laura is Kobo Writing Life’s Author Engagement Manager. In her role on the KWL team, she works closely with indie authors to help them reach new readers on Kobo. She has a B.A. in English from York University and a post-grad certificate in book, magazine and electronic publishing from Centennial College. When she’s off the clock, you can find her curled up with a romance book or binge-watching a new reality show.