Our extensive collection of audio books and regular audio magazines bring the joy of reading to people with sight loss.
We have an extensive collection of audio books on CD and cassette tape, and produce three regular audio magazines on CD and memory stick. Despite some disruption due to COVID-19 restrictions we are still providing as full and regular a service as possible for our listeners.
Over 4,000 audio book titles are available through our drop-in libraries in Aberdeen and Elgin. We can also post them out free of charge to homes throughout North East Scotland. Membership carries a one-off joining fee of £10.
Our audio magazines are provided free of charge to people with a sight loss, and are available on CD or memory stick. They are posted to your home address in a plastic wallet which you then use to return the magazine when you would like the next edition. Our audio magazines, recorded by volunteers, are:
We currently support around 2,800 blind and visually impaired people of all ages across North East Scotland. However, approximately 70% of those we support are aged 65 and over; in reality, many are in their 80s and 90s and dealing with age-related sight loss. Our publications are aimed at this age group, who have been at even greater risk of social isolation due to COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions, and we are delighted to have resumed this vital service. We aim to help our subscribers find renewed enjoyment in listening to storytelling for pleasure, stimulation and to rekindle previously held interests. Currently 410 people subscribe to at least one of our audio magazines (the majority receive all three).
“With an extensive range of books, thanks to NESS’s audio library, I now enjoy reading again.” Regular audio library user
[and please thank] … “Andrew for his recordings which tell me some of the news and even the music that introduces the CD lifts my spirits.” Audio magazine subscriber
There are many local talking newspapers & magazines produced by other groups and organisations throughout Scotland – here are details of some in your local area:
Additionally, the Talking newspaper app, created by British Wireless for the Blind and The Talking News Federation, holds over 200 talking local newspapers. The app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play onto your smart device.