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Last spring, when text-to-speech (TTS) stopped working on OverDrive ebooks because of a software change by Adobe, millions of print-disabled patrons found themselves with fewer options for accessing digital library materials.
In response, the Reading Rights Coalition (RRC)--a group of 32 organizations representing those with print disabilities--asked the Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) in July to take action. In the letter, the RRC cited the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
Los Angeles city librarian Martin Gomez responded that LAPL would suspend "all purchasing of Adobe Digital Editions ebooks until the TTS option is …