Celebrating 80 years of Talking Books

Celebrating 80 years of Talking Books

There's nothing quite like cosying up with a good book. And thanks to the RNIB's  Talking Books, that's a pleasure almost 30,000 blind and partially sighted children and adults are able to indulge in every year.

And now, on the 80th anniversary of the service, Talking Books has just been made free of charge to anyone who lives in the UK and is registered as blind or partially sighted. Which is great news!

It's a big development in the history of a service that's done so much good over the years.

Launched in 1935, Talking Books came about to help soldiers who had been blinded in the First World War and were struggling to learn braille. Soon after, The National Institute for the Blind (now RNIB) and St Dunstan’s (now Blind Veterans UK) joined forces to create the Sound Recording Committee which originally recorded Talking Books onto records to be played on gramophones.

Today, with a library of more than 23,000 books – the largest of its kind in Europe – people with sight loss can listen to their favourite titles at home or on the go, on a CD USB or digital download.

Here's the Talking Books journey, which spans a hugely impressive eight decades. And long may it continue!

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