With a subscription to our audio book service - Talking Books, you can:

  • choose from more than 23,000 titles, many on a single DAISY CD, or three per USB stick
  • borrow up to six books at any one time
  • enjoy a speedy on-demand service with no waiting for popular titles
  • enjoy books for adults and children. Find out more about our children's library service

If you have a tablet or smartphone, or want to download Talking Books and listen to them on the go, then our digital library service, RNIB Overdrive, might be the best option for you. With a subscription to RNIB Overdrive, you can:

  • download and listen to Talking Books, as well as some Talking Magazines and podcasts from Insight Radio, on computers, tablets and smartphones
  • manage your own wish list and search by genre
  • borrow up to six items at any one time, with an unlimited amount of titles over the year
  • return titles automatically and pick your next book immediately

Borrow audio from elsewhere

Public libraries

Many libraries have audio book and magazine collections on CD or cassette available for loan for a small fee. Often blind and partially sighted people are exempt from these fees. 

Increasingly, downloadable audio books or eBooks with synthetic text to speech are offered by local libraries. This varies across the UK so it's worth checking with your local service if you are interested.

Reading choices from RNIB

We make it possible for you to get access to books, newspapers and magazines in the format you prefer, whether that’s braille, audio, large print or digital. You can borrow from our library service – the largest of its kind in the UK – or buy from our online shop.

RNIB reading choices