80 years of Talking Books

We’ve asked six children what they love about reading with their grandparents using Talking Books, braille and giant print. Find out what Ami, Kurtis, Isabella, Edward, Rosie and Leo say in the film below. 


Our Talking Books are now free!

RNIB’s Talking Book Service turns 80 this year – and to celebrate, we’re proud to announce we’re making it free. Since its humble beginnings in 1935, eight decades of innovation have made it the biggest and best service of its kind, bringing the gift of reading to blind and partially sighted people. There are now more than 23 thousand talking books to choose from – read by some of the world’s finest authors and acting talent – so sign up below and start exploring our library. 

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