Bestselling writers support RNIB Right to Read campaign

Bestselling authors including Jilly Cooper, Jackie Collins, and Alexei Sayle are supporting a public charter calling on the Government, publishers, booksellers and libraries to increase the number of books and magazines available for people with sight problems.

The charter is launched this week - Right to Read Week - by the Right to Read Alliance, a group of 14 organisations led by the RNIB. An accompanying report reveals that 95 per cent of printed publications are never produced in formats such as large print, audio or braille.

The alliance calls on the Government to set up an 'Access to Reading Fund', to enable more material to be produced in these formats, and to abolish VAT on audio books to bring them into line with printed books.

Julianne Marriott, RNIB UK campaigns officer, said: "This report shows that people who cannot read print are getting less and paying more - they are having to rely on charity for their right to read."

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