What are the different ways for me to read?

If you have little or no sight, there are several different ways to read. The way you chose may change as your level of vision changes, or depending on what you're reading, or as new technology brings new ways to read.

Audio is a general term for books that you listen to, usually narrated by a real person. You can listen to audio in a variety of ways including CD, DAISY, USB stick, digitally through your computer, MP3 player, tablet or mobile phone. Using text-to-speech, you can also listen to eBooks using an eBook reader. 

We also have a factsheet on choosing a reading device: 

Braille and other tactile codes are a number of raised dots which are available as either a paper version or refreshable braille display. 

Large or giant print may be for you if you're unable to read regular print, which is usually a 10 or 12 point. Clear print is size 14, large print is 16 to 18 point size and giant print is anything large than this. 

eBook is an electronic version of a book. You can read an eBook using a handheld device called an eBook reader  or using an eBook application on computers, mobile phones or tablets. You can read eBooks in large print, audio or in braille. 

For further general information on reading options, you can download our Confident Living leaflet on Reading below:

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