The national charity Listening Books; provide an audiobook library service catering for anyone with an illness, physical or learning disability, learning difficulty, or mental health condition, who finds that it impacts on their ability to read or hold books in the usual way. We currently have a number of free memberships available for people living in Merseyside who would like to join but would find it difficult to cover the usual membership fees (between £20 to £45 per year) for any reason.
Our service is not just for people with visual impairments, but many other health conditions that can make reading, or holding books difficult such as: Fibromyalgia, ME/CFS, cancer, depression, anxiety, learning disabilities, autism, ADHD, dyslexia, MS, diabetes, arthritis, dementia and many other conditions. We believe that books should be accessible to everyone and audiobooks can be a wonderful source of entertainment, comfort and relaxation for those who are missing out on the enjoyment of reading.
We don’t require any financial proof for these free memberships, just a self-declaration that the membership fees would be a barrier to joining the service. Please be assured that we are a charity and there are no hidden costs involved in our free memberships.
Our library has over 8,000 fiction and non-fiction titles for adults and children, including bestselling authors such as JK Rowling, David Walliams, Zadie Smith, George R. R. Martin, Agatha Christie, David Nicholls and many more. We also have educational titles supporting the National Curriculum from Key Stage 2 to A Level and many of these titles are recorded in our professional studios are not available anywhere else. Members can borrow our titles in three easily accessible ways:
- sent directly through the post on MP3 CD with no postage costs or late fees.
- download audiobooks through our website or app to smartphones, tablets, computers, laptops.
- stream audiobooks online through your computer, laptop or tablet.
A free membership covers both our online and postal services, so members can choose what works best for them.
If you would like to find out more about Listening Books, please visit our website: https://www.listening-books.org.uk/why-join.aspx. If you have any questions or would like to receive some leaflets or posters in the post, please don’t hesitate to contact me at [email protected], or on 020 7407 9417.