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RNIB's Talking Book Service is free, to celebrate the service's 80th Anniversary


RNIB's Talking Book Service is free, to celebrate the service's 80th Anniversary

The RNIB are celebrating in the month of November 2015 the 80th Anniversary of their Talking Book Service.

The RNIB have decided to mark this special occasion by providing their Talking Book Service for free for all current and future memberships of the Service, which will be on-going until the free subscription is ended by the member, specifically when it is no longer required.

To be eligible to join the service a person must be a UK resident who is blind, partially sighted, or have an impairment that prevents or limits them from reading standard print.

Although the Talking Book Service is free the individual will need to have available or may need to purchase their own equipment in order to be able to play the audio books in their chosen format.

The RNIB Talking Book Service can be provided on

  • CD - however, the CD player used must be able to play MP3 (digital audio) discs, which is the specific disc type used for recording the unabridged books provided by the Service.
  • USB Memory Sticks - USB Memory stick players can be purchased from RNIB 
  • Digital Download - for use with computer, tablet or smartphone.

The RNIB Talking Book Service can be obtained by the individual contacting  RNIB's Customer Services Team directly on 0303 123 9999 or by completing an online Free talking book service subscription form.

The format in which the Service is required can be obtained when the Free subscription is arranged.

In the event that an individual is currently having their Talking Book membership subscription funded by Westminster City Council then the Free Membership Subscription will be activated when the current paid subscription is due for renewal and will happen automatically. All recipients of paid RNIB Talking Book Subscriptions have been notified of the change to a free membership subscription as have all Councils who currently fund memberships for the Service.