Penguin donates books to RNIB library


One of the world's largest publishers, Penguin Random House, has donated 6,000 audio books to the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) Talking Books Library.

The RNIB free reading service has a growing collection of 33,000 books to borrow, download and listen to on your smartphone, tablet, computer or other reading devices where books are available in various formats, including braille and audio.

The new collection from Penguin will gradually be added to RNIB's Talking Book platform. Amongst the books are novels from some of the world's best-selling authors, such as James Patterson, Lee Child and Sophie Kinsella.

Anna Tylor, Chair of RNIB and a regular RNIB online library user, said: "I am thrilled that Penguin Random House is boosting RNIB's library collection. Talking Books are essential for thousands of blind and partially sighted people across the country who, like me, enjoy getting stuck into a good story."

In the last year, RNIB has provided 1.33 million Talking Books to blind and partially sighted people, continuing to work closely with publishers and are glad to have received such a generous donation from Penguin.

Richard Lennon, Publisher at Penguin Random House Audio, said: "At Penguin, we are determined to make sure that everyone has access to books and that the joy of reading is truly accessible to all. We're excited to be able to connect our books and authors with new audiences through the RNIB's brilliant Talking Books service."

If you are a book lover and would like to become an RNIB Online Library member, please visit the RNIB website or call the RNIB helpline on 0303 123 9999.