4 Aug 2013

One In Five for 4 August 2013

From One In Five, 7:06 pm on 4 August 2013

The Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind says it's been estimated that, of all published books, less than 5 percent are available to the blind, visually impaired and print disabled communities. And, for some keen readers, that means popular titles have been hard to come by. Now a treaty finalised by the World Intellectual Property Organization means that individual countries can convert books to braille formats, audio recordings and large print books more easily, and more importantly, share that material with other countries. The foundation says this historic treaty will go a long way towards addressing what it calls "The Book Famine". Katy Gosset talks to members about their love of books.