The impact of reading for pleasure on blind and partially sighted adults and its implications for materials provision

Spacey, Rachel and Creaser, Claire and Hicks, Debbie (2014) The impact of reading for pleasure on blind and partially sighted adults and its implications for materials provision. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 46 (4). pp. 271-288. ISSN 0961-0006

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Abstract

This article reports the findings of research commissioned by the Royal National Institute of Blind People to explore the impacts of reading for pleasure on blind and partially sighted adults. Data were collected via interviews, an online survey and six case studies. The results reveal that for 82% of participants reading for pleasure was ‘very important’ especially to relax and 59% of participants read for more than 10 hours a week. Multiple reading formats including traditional hard copy and digital formats were used by 85% of participants. The implications for materials provision and presentation for libraries and charitable organisations are considered in light of the findings.

Keywords:blind and partially sighted, public libraries, reading, reading groups, visual impairment, NotOAChecked
Subjects:L Social studies > L340 Disability in Society
P Mass Communications and Documentation > P121 Library studies
P Mass Communications and Documentation > P120 Librarianship
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Education
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ID Code:15974
Deposited On:10 Nov 2014 18:12

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