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Listening Books

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  1. Listening Books is a national charity that provides an audiobook lending service for anyone in the UK who has an illness, disability, learning difficulty or mental health condition that affects their ability to read or hold a book.

    Audiobooks are available in three easily accessible formats: MP3 CDs direct through the letterbox, downloading to a portable device using the Libby app or streaming instantly online through the website. The collection has thousands of fiction and non-fiction titles that include bestsellers from authors like J. K. Rowling and David Walliams, as well as supporting the National Curriculum from Key Stage 2 to A Level with set texts, revision guides and study aids.

    Membership starts from just £20 per year, but there are also free memberships available for anyone who would find the usual membership fees a barrier to joining the service.


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Organisation last updated

  1. 06 February 2023

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  1. The charity was founded in 1959 by Norma Skemp, after a serious car accident in 1954 caused her to virtually lose her sight. When she applied to another charity for help, she found that they could not help her because she could still ‘see something’. Norma immediately recognised a gap in provision for people with disabilities and she set up Listening Books. Since then the charity has grown and now supplies audiobooks to people with the full range of print impairments.

    Since 2002, we have pioneered an educational initiative called Sound Learning. Its aim is to make educational books available in audio formats, thereby improving access to the curriculum for pupils with a physical or leaning disability, long term condition, or mental illness which affects how they read or hold a book.

    Today, Listening Books is at the forefront of audiobook technology. We launched our internet streaming service in 2005, shortly followed by an MP3 CD service in 2007. Then in early 2010 we introduced audiobook downloads in partnership with OverDrive. This has continued to give our members enormous quality, convenience and choice. Now, in partnership with Pressreader, members can also access thousands of audio newspapers and magazines online, in addition to the audiobooks.

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