How the audio book has revolutionised literature for young people with reading difficulties

Imagine a world in which you could not read books. Not because there were no books but because you had such a disability that reading was impossible.

Chances are that this would mean a major part of your life would be lost to you forever – unless you found an alternative way of accessing books.

The most obvious way around the problem would be for you to think about books in audio formats such as MP3s and CDs. Given that huge numbers of books are now available in these formats you would now have a solution to the problem.

Many of these books are read by top actors, covering much of the National Curriculum and many areas beyond.

Thus audio books can be used to give students an alternative means of accessing information. And experience shows that many such people then go on to choose audio books as part of their preferred leisure activities.

In short, audio books provide an entry into the world of books that might otherwise never be found by many individuals. In fact, such books have become one of the most dynamic and exciting areas of the book world.

The cost of downloading and streaming audio books is incredibly low. Indeed, for as little as £50 per year you can have access to a choice of thousands of titles.

The Listening Books library ranges from best-selling fiction to titles related to the National Curriculum – and, of course, they can be accessed at any time, day or night.

I do hope you will give it a try.

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