Large Print and Braille books are available in some bookshops and retailers and also through organisations like RNIB and the National Blind Children's Society and also from a number of transcription services provided by local authorities in Scotland and the UK. Some publishers also sell books in large print.
The National Blind Children's Society can create and provide books in Adapted Print (i.e. books with a different font/spacing etc for readers with dyslexia/reading difficulties) as well as Large Print. Some local authory services also offer Adapted Print books for readers with dyslexia.
There are very few sources of Symbol-supported Books (books with symbols for those with learning difficulties): some schools and local authority services make them on an ad hoc basis.
Books for All How-To Guides
- How to find books in alternative formats.
- How to find commercial eBooks.
- How to find books in Braille.
- How to find audio books.
- How to find textbooks in PDF.
|Public and school libraries; bookshops; publishers||Some public and school libraries have large print books; high street and online retailers also sell some large print books.||Large Print||Anyone|
|Local authority Sensory or Visual Impairment Services||All local authorities in Scotland have specialist teachers of pupils with sensory impairments; some have transcription services that can create books in alternative formats.||Large Print, Braille, Audio||Mainly pupils with visual impairment|
|The Books for All Scotland Database ||The BFAS Database is a joint development between CALL, LTS and Scran. It is available to teachers and staff in Scottish schools via either Scran or Glow login.||PDF, LIT, Clicker 5, Audio e.g. MP3, Large Print, PDF, Braille||Pupils with print disabilities in Scottish schools |
|National Blind Children's Society CustomEyes books|| |
The CustomEyes Book Service recognises the need to provide custom-made large print books for the benefit of children who cannot read commercially available print. Each book is tailor made and produced in the font size and format to suit each individual child's eye condition. The service has a catalogue of over 2,000 books. The cost to parents and children is the same as the usual published paperback, while the cost for schools or libraries is 10p per page.
Large Print, Adapted Print
People with visual impairment or dyslexia
|RNIB National Library || |
The RNIB National Library Service is the largest specialist library in the UK for readers with sight loss, with over 40,000 titles.
|Braille, Large Print, Audio||Anyone with sight loss|
RNIB Scotland Transcription Centre
|The RNIB Transcription Centre in Glasgow makes books in alternative formats.|| |
Braille, Large Print, Audio
|Anyone with sight loss|
An online commercial bookshop with over 55,000 titles (mainly fiction) in Large Print.
|Large Print, Audio||Anyone|
|Help Me Read|| |
Aileen MacIntyre's company produce symbolised versions of Oxford Reading Books, together with worksheets, communication boards and record sheets. The books are aimed at struggling readers, children with additional support needs, or children with English as a second language.
|Widgit Software|| |
Widgit promote and distribute software for creating symbol-supported materials for people with dyslexia or learning difficulties. They also offer hundreds of symbol-supported curriculum resources for different topics, subjects and levels. Some resources are free to download, other packs are sold.