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RNIB launches ‘In Your Pocket’ making reading accessible for people with sight loss

‘In Your Pocket’ is an easy to use, voice controlled media reader, specifically designed for blind and partially sighted people.

It combines a stand-alone Samsung media player, O2 connectivity and RealSAM interactive speech software together with a subscription to RNIB Library and Newsagent.

The interactive software enables blind and partially sighted people to access their favourite books, magazines, newspapers and podcasts while at home or on the move.

At £20 a month on a 24 month contract, RNIB ‘In Your Pocket’ provides a 3GB monthly data allowance and access to Wi-Fi. The subscription includes access to a huge range of popular titles, from daily national newspapers such as the Daily Mail, The Guardian and the Financial Times; as well as popular Sunday newspapers including the Sunday Telegraph and The Observer.

You can also access your favourite magazines; Good Housekeeping, Top Gear and New Scientist are just a few of the many titles on offer. And ‘In Your Pocket’ allows you to access to the 25,000 plus Talking Books available in the RNIB Library.

RNIB ‘In Your Pocket’ subscribers can access all this, along with podcasts from the BBC and other sources, weather and location information, all using natural spoken language.

Steve Tyler, Head of Strategy and Accessibility at RNIB, said:

“We know that blind and partially sighted people want access to books, magazines and newspapers at the same time as their peers.

“With RNIB ‘In Your Pocket’, titles are available online, on demand. There’s no waiting for titles to be loaded onto USB, no waiting for the postman; just say ‘read me the Guardian’ and the media player will happily oblige and keep you up to date.

“Customers who tested ‘In Your Pocket’ found it really simple to use straight out of the box. There is no need for computers or downloads, as it connects directly over the O2 mobile network and provides access to all the latest news and entertainment.”

Hilary Leacock was born prematurely and has had low vision since birth. She has been testing the new product and putting it through its paces.

She says: “’In Your Pocket’ is so easy and so immediate. It is like having a person reading to you. You just press a button and ask for what you want!”

“I enjoy being able to listen to my favourite books anywhere; around the home, or on a train or bus journey.”

To find out more, or purchase RNIB’s ‘In Your Pocket’, please call the RNIB Helpline on 0303 123 9999, or email helpline@rnib.org.uk.

To find out more about the wide selection of Library and Newsagent titles please visit www.rnib.org.uk/reading-choices.