Sunday, April 20, 2008
As I give talks at retirement communities, I am often asked if my book, Retirement Homes Are Murder, will be available as an audio book. Many older people are suffering from macular degeneration and can no longer read. While pursuing this as an additional publishing option to complement the hard cover and large print paperback editions currently available, I recently found out about another service offered for sight-impaired readers through the National Library Service for the Blind and Handicapped (NLS). NLS provides cassette players and books recorded on special cassettes that can be checked out. Because of the special recording format this does not infringe the copyright and provides book access to people who otherwise wouldn’t be able to read. Within Colorado there is also the Colorado Talking Book Library that records local authors’ works. Although this doesn’t provide royalties to authors, it is a terrific service to address a need and to provide more exposure to an author’s writing.