Crazy Idea Number 46: Authors Should Get a Copy of Their Work|
I come at this from an entirely different angle.
I have a myriad of vision problems, which manifested as not being able to read text for longer than 1.5 hours in my last year of school. I was able to get my resources on campus (the helpful folks for students with disabilities) to to request PDF files of the entire book to be sent to me on CD so that I could make the text whatever size I liked. Also, Adobe Reader will actually read it out loud (in a computer voice but still!!) as long as it is text and not a scanned copy.
This was a four-pound book on literary criticism, for reference. Lots of essays by different people.
They did this free of charge - at least, I paid nothing and I'm sure they would have billed me. Surely it can't be much harder for other stuff? They had the PDFs because that's what they send to the publisher, is my understanding.
But maybe other places do it differently. Anyway, I had a very easy experience with this.