Today Penguin Random House UK has launched a new charitable partnership with Calibre Audio, ensuring our entire audio back catalogue – around 6,000 titles – and future releases are freely available to Calibre’s members.
Calibre Audio is the only national charity in the UK to provide a completely free for life audiobook service to anyone who has a print disability. Their 16,000 members have a range of print disabilities that make reading and understanding text difficult including visual impairments, learning disabilities, cognitive impairments and physical dexterity conditions.
Earlier this year Calibre made its service available for free to people with long Covid. The Office for National Statistics suggests that around 1.3 million people in the UK have long Covid and as a result may experience extreme tiredness, difficulty concentrating, and ‘brain fog’, all of which impacts ability to read text.