This Online Comic Book Store is Optimized for Blind Customers

By: Alyson Wyers - Aug 23, 2016
References: comicsempower & springwise
In a new effort to make comics more accessible, this website created a comic book store online especially for blind people. Comics Empower launched the online space using assistive technology so the site is heard and not seen.

The comic book store uses high contrast screens as well as screen readers. Audio comics are available from existing publishers and Comics Empower creates their own in-house comics as well. Stories are read by one narrator page by page as users go from panel to panel, hearing the speech bubbles and captions aloud.

Although the visual aspect is what differentiates graphic novels and comic books from other stories, this endeavor hopes to be more inclusive of the visually impaired by integrating technology instead of utilizing Braille.