Paul Harpur publishes monograph on e-books and the book famine

March 28, 2017

Dr Paul Harpur, senior lecturer in law at the University of Queensland, Australia and international distinguished fellow with the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University, has just published a ground breaking monograph which argues that technology now creates the possibility that everyone in the world, regardless of their abilities or disabilities, should be able to access the written word.  This is however not the case.  The print disabled are currently experiencing a book famine where 5% to 7% of the world’s books are available to people with print disabilities in wealthy, advanced economies, and less than 1% in the majority of countries.

This monograph contributes to disability rights scholarship and legal advocacy.  It analyses the interaction between anti-discrimination and copyright laws, in the international human rights and copyright jurisdictions, as well as in the national jurisdictions in Australia, Canada, the UK and USA.

Discrimination, Copyright and Equality: Opening the Ebook for the Print Disabled can be found on the Cambridge University Press website: