Collaboration between publishers and related organizations bring story to readers
Harry Potter and The Cursed Child, the eighth book in the series, will soon be available in formats for those with vision impairment, and dyslexic readers.
To make the story available to the blind and visually impaired, The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) collaborated with publisher, Little, Brown and Company, releasing both Braille and giant print editions of the book, which will be followed by an audiobook. In a recent press release, Steve Tyler of RNIB commented,
“RNIB Library was proud to simultaneously release the last couple of Harry Potter books, so when we heard that Little, Brown were publishing the script for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, we got very excited.”
“We’re so pleased to be making this high profile title available in Braille and Giant Print, so that blind and partially sighted readers can enjoy the book at the same time as everyone else; and we’re sure that it will fly off the shelves.”
In a recent press release, WF Howes Ltd., a leading publisher of audio and large print books, announced their corroboration with the University of South Wales for the upcoming release of Dyslexic Readers’ Edition of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which has been endorsed by the British Dyslexic Association.
Dominic White, Head of Publishing and Commerce, W. F. Howes Ltd commented,
“We’re proud to be publishing the first ever Dyslexic Readers’ Edition for J. K. Rowling and making the eighth Harry Potter story accessible to the huge number of people with dyslexia.”
Incorporated into the book will be specialized fonts, typesetting, paper that is slightly thicker and adjustments in layout, all based on the latest research from the University of South Wales and the British Dyslexia Association. The book’s adjustments in formatting and its larger print is also expected to assist those with other conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, Cerebral Palsy, MS, Stroke and those with brain injuries. Release of this edition is expected in September.