What is Kolibre?

Open to everyone
The mission of the Kolibre non-profit organisation is to promote access to the information society for individuals with print disabilities, such as the visually impaired. This is achieved by providing the required tools for free to organisations and individuals. The software that Kolibre administrates and develops is published under an open source license and available to all interested parties at github.com/kolibre.

Extensive cooperation
The Kolibre solutions are used all over the world. For instance by:

  • the main distributor of magazines for the visually impaired in Germany
  • in a computer for the blind in South Africa
  • in a talking book player prototype in Russia

Solutions are also being built for developing countries in Asia and Africa, utilizing Kolibre solutions. Follow our Twitter feed to stay updated on progress and fruitful collaborations.

Kolibre strives for extensive cooperation between organizations, companies and private individuals in relation to the development of accessible information systems for individuals with various needs. On these web pages you will find information regarding Kolibre’s activities and how you can use, develop and contribute to the Kolibre open source projects.

Kolibre Vadelma, a lowcost audiobook player for the visually impaired
As a demo of the Kolibre associations activities we have in a series of projects developed an accessible Internet-enabled talking book player (Kolibre Vadelma) and a linked web service solution (Kolibre KADOS).

What's most exciting about our solutions: You can easily build a hardware player supporting DAISY, an internationally widely used accessible digital talking book format, for around 50 dollars with all necessary features ta make books accessible for a visually impaired person! Watch and listen to the 5 minute Youtube-video below for an introduction on how the player features works.

More about this under the menu Demo (Vadelma and KADOS)!