Large and giant print
If you have some vision but you struggle to read regular print, large or giant print may be for you.
The size of a font is described in point size. Large print is generally 16 to 18 point size. Giant print is anything larger than this. Regular print is usually 10 or 12 point.
Your local library is probably the best place to have a look at large print books and check they are right for you. Some high street book shops also sell large print books that you can browse through.
eBooks can offer many people a solution to reading larger print as many eBook readers offer the ability to enlarge the print size. Try them in a high street store to see how the text size may be of use to you or read our guide to eBooks and digital.
Buy large and giant print
You can buy large and giant print books and magazines from several places.
Buy large or giant print from RNIB
- We sell a range of large print books and magazines in our online shop including puzzle magazines.
- To keep up with the news, subscribe to our Big Print Newspaper. It includes a TV and radio guide.
If you don't want to buy online, you can call us on 0303 123 9999.
Buy large or giant print from elsewhere
- Amazon (online book seller)
- The Large Print Book Shop (01763 25 26 87)
- W. F. Howes Ltd (01664 42 30 00)
- Ulverscroft (0116 236 4325)
- National Blind Children's Society (NBCS) (01278 76 47 64)
You can also try going to a search engine (like Google) and searching for 'large print books' or 'giant print books' - or whatever it is you want.
Many eBook readers let you enlarge the typeface to a size that suits you, offering access to a huge range of book, newspaper and magazine titles.
It's not just about books, newspapers and magazines. You can change the text size and the colours of websites, meaning that everything you read online can be altered to suit you. The BBC's My Web My Way website explains how to do it.
Borrow large and giant print
You can borrow things to read in large print from your local library and our National Library Service stocks giant print books.
RNIB National Library Service
You can borrow giant print books from the RNIB National Library Service. These books are in 24 point type allowing you to make the most of any remaining sight you have.
RNIB National Library Service is the only provider in the UK offering giant print books for loan, with a wide choice of titles for adults and children. We also offer a children's library service
You can borrow large print books from your local library. If they haven't got the title you want, ask if they can borrow it from another library for you.
eBooks are also available to borrow from some local library services, where the text can be enlarged to suit you.
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