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Borrow audio

RNIB Talking Books and library services allow you to listen to a variety of audio books

If you have an Amazon Smart Speaker, tablet or smartphone, or want to download Talking Books and listen to them on the go, then our digital library service, Reading Services, might be the best option for you. You can:

  • download and listen to Talking Books
  • RNIB Newsagent website (requires a subscription) offers magazines and newspapers in e-text and audio formats
  • manage your own wish list and search our wide-ranging collection
  • remove titles when you’ve read them and pick your next book immediately.

With a membership of our audio book service - Talking Books, you can:

  • choose from more than 40,000 Talking Books on CD or USB
  • enjoy an on-demand service with no waiting for popular titles
  • enjoy books for adults and children. Find out more about our children's library service

Borrow audio from elsewhere

Public libraries

Many libraries have audio book and magazine collections on CD or cassette available for loan for a small fee. Often blind and partially sighted people are exempt from these fees.

Increasingly, downloadable audio books or eBooks with synthetic text to speech are offered by local libraries. This varies across the UK so it's worth checking with your local service if you are interested.

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RNIB Reading Services

We make it possible for you to get access to books, newspapers and magazines in the format you prefer, whether that’s digital, braille, audio or large print. You can borrow from our library service – the largest of its kind in the UK – or buy from our Online Shop which also provides a range of RNIB USB players.

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