Blinda mobile application for iOS and Android enables blind and partially sighted users the borrowing and listening of audiobooks. Blinda enables users cross-border access to thousands of audiobooks in German, Slovenian, and Croatian languages. The long-term goal of the Blinda project is to include all EU countries.
Blinda mobile application is available for both iOS and Android devices.
Blinda mobile application is completely accessible to both blind as well as partially sighted users which offers complete autonomy when accessing accessible formats – audiobooks. Blinda mobile application is optimized to work with voice synthesis software.
A user may only be a blind or partially sighted person who has demonstrated eligibility for access to audiobooks in accordance with the national legislation of Slovenia, Germany or Croatia and the Marrakesh treaty.
Blinda is a project of eight partner organizations from Slovenia, Germany and Croatia.
The aim of the project is to develop technologies that will enable blind and partially sighted people to easily access audiobooks and other audio content, through the Blinda mobile applications, in accordance with the Marrakesh Treaty.
According to estimation made by EBU / European Blind Union there are over 30 million blind and partially sighted persons in Europe.
The project is funded by the European Union under the Erasmus+ funding programme.
Goals in accordance with the Marrakesh treaty
Blinda mobile application grants eligible users access to audiobooks in accessible formats, with all three Marrakesh treaty goals in mind.
Blinda mobile application enables blind, visually impaired or otherwise print disabled individuals to borrow and listen to audiobooks.
Audiobooks are provided by authorized entities in compliance with the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled (»Marrakesh treaty«) and Directive (EU) 2017/1564 of 13 September 2017 (»Directive«) in each EU member state under the applicable conditions of use.
The Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled (MVT) is the latest addition to the body of international copyright treaties administered by WIPO.
It has a clear humanitarian and social development dimension and its main goal is to create a set of mandatory limitations and exceptions for the benefit of the blind, visually impaired and otherwise print disabled (VIPs).
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