The treaty was finalised in late June. It addresses a so-called “book famine” for print-disabled people by clearning the way for nations to share and make accessible copies of books. The amount of material available to the global visually impaired community around the world is now expected to increase substantially.
At the moment, only about 5% of published books are made accessible to visually impared people through formats such as Braille, audio and large print, according to the World Blind Union.
LIBER was one of several library organisations that worked together with the World Blind Union and other groups to encourage the treaty.
Read the full text of the treaty on the WIPO Website.