Take Action Now!
1. Attend Public Education Events
We began our public education campaign with public pressure on the Authors Guild to reverse its stance with an informational protest in front of the Guild’s headquarters in New York City on April 7. We also gathered at the LA Times Festival of Books, the country’s largest book festival, in Los Angeles on April 25 and 26.
How you can help:
- We need volunteers throughout the weekend to help pass out literature, talk to authors, and educate the public.
2. Write to the Authors Guild and Sign the Petition: We Want to Read !
Please tell the Authors Guild to reverse its position on text-to-speech and support equal access to books for people with print disabilities now. Basic information for the members of the Board of the Authors Guild and its executive director, Paul Aiken, is below.
- Contact Information to facilitate sending individual messages:
Contact List (Word format)
- Link to Board of the Authors Guild Webpage:
- Mailing Address, Phone and Fax Information for the Authors Guild:
The Authors Guild
31 East 32nd Street, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10016
Phone: (212) 563-5904
Fax: (212) 564-5363
Paul Aiken, Executive Director
3. Tell Us What Equal Access to Books Means to You
- Send us your statement: Tell us why text-to-speech and equal access to books is important to you. We may post your statement on the website and use it as part of our campaign. Use the Contact form and fill in your email address and full name, along with your statement. We will contact you using the email address provided to verify the exact wording and whether you prefer to post your statement only using your initials or shortened name. Your email address will only be used for this purpose.
- Create a video that shows how and why you use text-to-speech to read and post it on You Tube. Let us know about your video so that we can link to it from our site.
- Sign the Petition: We Want to Read! and forward to everyone in your network.
- Join the Reading Rights Coalition Group - if you use Facebook.
- Please tweet the info as well - if you use Twitter!
4. Educate Everyone You Know About the Right of People with Print Disabilities to Read
Although millions of people with print disabilities have been using text-to-speech to read for years, most people are unaware of how we read and access information. Many have not considered what e-books on an accessible device means to us – the ability to buy and read books for the first time in history on an equal basis with everyone else. Talk to your friends, family, and co-workers about text-to-speech access and encourage them to support this campaign by attending the protests, writing letters to authors and publishers, and learning more about our equal and not separate right to read.