The Accessible Books Consortium (ABC) recently launched a rebranded "ABC Global Book Service", previously known as the TIGAR Service. The service enables libraries for the blind in different countries to exchange books in accessible formats.
Such exchange was only possible with the authorisation of the copyright owner prior the implementation of the Marrakesh VIP Treaty in a given country. In those countries where the Marrakesh VIP Treaty has been implemented, the exchange of books can now be done without the above mentioned authorisation, making the process a lot more efficient.
The ABC Global Book Service seeks to guide libraries for the blind through the simplified process of exchanging accessible books as countries adhere to the Marrakesh VIP Treaty, offering one system to handle all the different conditions for international exchange.
Currently there are twenty-five organizations participating in the ABC Global Book Service. Until now, over 128,700 people with print disabilities have borrowed accessible digital books through participating libraries of the ABC Global Book Service.
For more information, please visit the newly redesigned ABC website.