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The unseen benefit of eBooks

6 September 2013

Not all books are accessible to everyoneA new report released by Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has revealed that the huge growth in the popularity of eBooks has helped to make reading significantly more accessible for many blind and partially sighted people.

The report, which explored the accessibility of the top 1,000 most popular books in 2012, shows that 84 per cent of these titles are fully accessible for readers with sight loss. This is a staggering increase from 0 per cent just four years ago and from 45 per cent in 2010.

It’s great news for the blind and partially sighted people who are able to use these eReading devices as they can now enjoy a wider range of books than ever before.

However, for readers who cannot use these new technologies, the story is rather different. Only a tiny percentage of ‘traditional’ books are fully accessible.

You can change the story for blind and partially sighted readers by registering for Read for RNIB here and help raise funds to open up a world of reading for everyone.

A copy of the full press release, which includes links to previous reports can be downloaded on the link provided below:

Top 1,000 book press release (Word, 198K)

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