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Harry Potter Leads Way for Blind Fans
Being up-todate with the new Harry Potter
The braille version, which was to be published by RNIB on 16 July 2005 alongside the other versions, will enable thousands of blind people to read the same book at the same time as their sighted peers. Prior to this, blind book fans have had to wait months or even years for the latest book to be ‘translated' into braille.
John Godber, RNIB's Head of Products and Publications, said: "The right to read is often denied to people just because they're blind. More than 95 per cent of books are never published in a format that blind or partially sighted people can read such as braille, large print, or audio. RNIB, as part of the Right to Read Alliance, has worked closely with JK Rowling and Bloomsbury, the publishers of Harry Potter, to make this latest instalment available to blind readers.”
JK Rowling said: "I'm delighted to be part of a publishing initiative that gives blind and partially sighted children and adults the same reading opportunities as sighted book lovers."
Ten-year-old Harry Potter fan Richard Wheatley, from Wandsworth in South London, lost his sight when he developed a brain tumour at the age of five. Richard, whose favourite Potter characters are the Weasley twins, said: "I'm really excited that I'll be able to read ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' by myself. Last time I had to get my Mum to read it to me and it took two months to finish. This time, I can get it as soon as my friends at school do and even read it in the car and in bed at night when I'm supposed to be asleep!”
You can buy a copy of ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' in Grade 2 braille at the recommended retail price of £16.99.
- Copies can be ordered online at: onlineshop.rnib.org.uk
- The Royal National Institute for the Blind is located at: www.rnib.org.uk