Accessible Image Sample Book

SampleBookCoverThe Accessible Image Sample Book, created by the DIAGRAM Content Working Group, is a free online resource that shows you what some of the many options are for creating accessible versions of digital images such as:

  • maps
  • bar charts
  • diagrams
  • mathematical expressions
  • photographs
  • and more!
Each of the ten chapters in the book shows a different complex image in context of the book it came from, along with helpful tips and the code used to provide the accessible image in a digital book. See (and hear!) the different ways that an image can be made accessible, including:
  • short and long descriptions
  • tactile graphics
  • MathML
  • sonification
  • audio description
  • 3D printing
This resource can be used as a guide when creating accessible images in your own digital books and other digital publications. You can learn more about what the book contains by listening to the webinar about the Accessible Image Sample Book presented by its authors.

The book is available to download in both EPUB and HTML formats

  • Visit to download the Accessible Image Sample Book Source files.
  • Sign up to be alerted when new versions are posted by sending a request with the Contact Us form. Just put “sample book alerts” in the subject line and you will be signed up.
  • If you already have an EPUB reader installed on your computer, then the book may open right up when you download the EPUB file in the GitHub repository. If you don’t already have an EPUB reader, simply download one of the many free readers (see for example a listing on our e-book software guide) or download an ereader extension to your browser, such as the Firefox ereader extension or the Readium Chrome extension. After you install the extension, just save the Accessible Image Sample Book EPUB file to your hard drive, and then drag it into your browser with the extension installed. It should then open.
  • If you prefer, you can see the book in HTML format.
  • The additional source files mentioned in the EPUB are also available.
Have you used the Accessible Image Sample Book for your work? Please tell us what impact it is having and how it could be improved.  Click here to take a quick 6-question survey. Please feel free to send us your feedback on this resource by using the Contact Us form. If you have questions about how to use your ereader software, please contact your software provider directly.

Ideas that work.The DIAGRAM Center is a Benetech initiative supported by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (Cooperative Agreement #H327B100001). Opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the position of the U.S. Department of Education.


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