Books are available in three traditional accessible formats: 

  • braille - a system of raised dots that allows you to read with your fingers and sense of touch. Find out about learning braille.
  • audio - audio books are available to listen to on CD, cassette tape, and in digital formats like MP3.
  • large or giant print - if you have some vision but you struggle to read regular print, large or giant print may be for you.

Technology such as eBooks, is opening up a whole new world of books for blind and partially sighted people: 

  • you can usually change the font size and background colour of eBooks to make them easier to read
  • you can often listen to eBooks as text-to-speech
  • you can connect some eBook readers to your computer, letting you read the eBooks with a refreshable braille display.
  • unlike the traditional accessible formats, eBooks are generally published at the same time as the standard print versions.

Reading services 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 services