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Author Marcus Sedgwick supports Read for RNIB

3 October 2013

Marcus Sedgwick is supporting Read for RNIBToday we are excited to announce the release of “She Is Not Invisible” (from Orion/Indigo) by Marcus Sedgwick.

Simultaneous publication

The excellent news is that it has been published simultaneously in hardback, eBook (with text-to-speech), audio, large print (via AudioGo), and in braille and DAISY format (via RNIB) ensuring it is fully accessible to all readers at the time of release.

His inspiration

Marcus was inspired to write this book, and ensure it was released in all formats simultaneously, after hearing from two young blind people at the Carnegie Medal Award ceremony in 2011. Attending as guests of RNIB they spoke movingly about the lack of accessible books for blind and partially sighted readers.

Marcus subsequently visited New College Worcester (a specialist college for blind and partially sighted students) and spent time with the students there to research the experiences of young people suffering from low or no vision. These students went on to become the inspiration for the main characters in “She Is Not Invisible”.

Limited number of fully accessible books

The fact that Marcus and Orion/Indigo have ensured blind and partially sighted young people are able to access the book on the same day is a belief strongly shared by Read for RNIB. With only seven per cent of books currently fully accessible authors like Marcus Sedgwick are helping us to change that story.

Marcus says of the simultaneous editions:

It seems hard to understand in a world where technological advances are revolutionising so many aspects of the book world. And indeed, there are now devices to scan any printed book, and turn it into either synthesised speech or a file that can be loaded into a portable braille reader. But this is a slow and arduous process and one that is further hampered by changes in the hardware and software involved.

Of course, many blind people prefer to ‘read’ their books in the form of audiobooks, and though more audiobook versions are published than braille editions, the total number still falls way short of the titles available to the sighted community. I am therefore delighted to be able to say that my new book, “She Is Not Invisible”, will be available, at the same time as the printed edition, in a braille edition, and as an audiobook.”

Reading Group Challenge

Read for RNIB is delighted to include “She Is Not Invisible” as part of our Reading Group ChallengeRegister today and you will receive exclusive discussion points from Marcus.

Watch our film

Be inspired to take part and watch Marcus host a reading group with the inspirational pupils at New College Worcester:″

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