“Last week, we announced our decision to close RNIB’s Giant Print and Moon library. I would like to reassure everyone that they will still be able to access the giant print books they want and I am sorry we did not make that clear when we announced the change.
“This move represents a significant upgrade for our library readers. At present the Giant Print Library stocks only 3,000 children’s books and only offers them in 24pt text.
“From 1 February 2021, the Giant Print Library will be replaced. Our customer feedback suggests that the majority of readers will favour the convenience of eBooks, supplied through our Bookshare platform, giving our young readers instant access to over 20,000 children’s titles. However, we are aware that some readers will prefer, or require, a paper book. From February, our free Personal Transcription Service will incorporate Print On Demand books from the Bookshare collection.
“Readers choosing the Print On Demand option will have access to 20,000 children’s books in a choice of fonts. The turnaround time will be the same as the current library - with the added advantages that every book will be brand new and our readers will not need to return them.
“For those readers choosing to switch to eBooks, we recognise that not every family has access to a tablet or a Kindle, so we can offer technology grants and supplies. If you have any further questions or concerns regarding this transition, please contact our Helpline on 0303 123 9999 or email [email protected].”