Telephone Book Clubs

Share your passion for books and reading by taking part in our Telephone Book Clubs. Hear from exciting guest speakers, discover new authors and ways of accessing books for adults with sight loss of all ages across the UK.

About our Telephone Book Clubs

Get together over the phone for a chat about reading and discover new authors books:

  • take part from the comfort of your own home
  • the groups are hosted by our friendly volunteers
  • each book club runs once a month for six months on the same day of the week and time
  • groups choose from a varied book list, all available on Talking Books CD, braille, MP3 and in large print
  • groups enjoy hearing from exciting guest speakers. Recent speakers include John Le Carre, Griff Rhys Jones and Phyllida Law.

To join a group, please email talkandsupport@rnib.org.uk, or call 0845 330 3723 or 020 7391 2218.

Frequently asked questions about our Telephone Book Clubs and the books they discuss

When do the Telephone Book Clubs meet and for how long?

Each book club meets over the telephone for an hour, once a month for six months.

Each group consists of up to eight people from across the UK and will be hosted by a friendly volunteer.

How much does it cost to join a Telephone Book Club?

If you’re an RNIB Member, you can enjoy book clubs completely free as one of your member benefits! Find out more about joining RNIB and the full range of benefits. If you are not a member the cost is £12 for six sessions.

I don't read print. Will the books be available in other formats?

As a group you'll choose from a varied book list, all available on DAISY CD, braille, MP3, or large print. When you join a Telephone Book Club, we will ask about your reading format and how you usually get your books. We use this information to ensure everyone in the group will be able to read the books.

How does the group choose the books?

Everyone in the session will receive a book list of six titles before the group meets for the first time. The choice of books includes everything from modern fiction, biography, crime and classics. The book list includes a short synopsis, the date of publication and points of interests, such as literary prizes.

In the first meeting, you will discuss the choices on the book list and then vote for the two books the group would like to read.

How will I receive the books?

If you are an RNIB Talking Books customer, the two books chosen will be sent out to you automatically and will not be counted as part of your usual allocation. If you are not a Talking Books customer, we will provide you with all of the information you need to request the books from your usual supplier.

I like books, but I'm no expert! What sort of contribution will I be expected to make to group discussions?

All sorts of people with a range of experience and knowledge of books and authors take part in our groups. The one thing everyone has in common is that they love reading and want to share their interests and views with others. The variety of views and opinions expressed by the group about books make for a lively discussion. Everyone's contribution is valued.

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