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.
Get together over the phone for a chat about reading and discover new authors books:
To join a group, please email [email protected], or call 0845 330 3723 or 020 7391 2218.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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