yeah i read: laura kalbag's "accessibility for everyone"

because i have a hard time focusing on text–or even having the time to focus on text–i put a lot of care into choosing what i read in its entirety. people ask me all the time what tech books to read and, to be quite honest, i'm always playing catch-up, so i want to do a better job at both giving myself time to read and also letting you know what i read.

a few weeks ago i read laura kalbag's "accessibility for everyone", the 23rd book from a book apart. these books are nice and small in form factor and also in full color. as a former bookseller i appreciate that and sort of understand, then, the typical hardcover pricing for a paperback ($21 + shipping, $18 for the ebook). but this is a post reviewing the book, not capitalism or how the tech book industry can be as much as a con as the college textbook market,,,,,,i digress............

photo dramatization of jenn reading

*dramatic yet realistic reenactment of me reading this book*

the book is good. even as someone who knew about a lot of the content in the book already, i didn't feel like it was just preaching to the choir; it felt more like solidarity from laura. and the book is short enough and has a few pithy snippets of prose within it to share with your team when talking about accessibility in your projects:

"Accessibility isn't a line item in an estimate or a budget–it's an underlying practice that affects every aspect of a project." - a pithy snippet from the book

what i really appreciate is that laura didn't spend the entire book scolding/shaming websites and devs for being bad. to talk about accessibility requires one to recognize that the dev community has a lot of bad habits and doesn't respond well to be told they're bad. laura gave examples, but along with them she gave actionable feedback and ways to articulate these issues to those higher up the ranks.

again, this is a good book. it's informative, quick to read, there is not too much code (which is good because the print book doesn't have syntax highlighting, they just had all the code be blue), and it didn't come off as pedantic or make me feel like i was being accosted.

if you run an intersectional feminist hackerspace/school/library and would like a copy, i'll gladly purchase and donate one to you - just email me at