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Author backing RNIB book campaign

Author Kate Atkinson
Image caption Kate Atkinson is backing the campaign to make literature more accessible to people with sight loss

An award winning author has backed a campaign to make more literature accessible to people with sight loss.

Kate Atkinson will read from her latest novel Started Early, Took My Dog at a Book Festival event organised by RNIB Scotland.

The charity said only 5% of books published in the UK are ever made available in braille or audio formats.

Ms Atkinson said she was "delighted" her new novel had been transcribed just a day after its mainstream publication.

RNIB director John Legg said: We would like to see many more books made available in accessible formats for blind and partially sighted people.

"But it costs between £1,000 and £2,500 to record a RNIB talking book, so we do very much need the support of the public."

Ms Atkinson said: "I fully support the campaign to make more books available in formats such as braille and audio."

The launch of the campaign has been sponsored by Glasgow-based construction firm City Building, whose workforce includes 30 workers with sight loss.

Managing director Willie Docherty said: "We operate one of Europe's largest supported employment factories with some 260 workers, over 50% of whom have a disability, and all of whom do exactly the same job as their sighted colleagues.

"That is why we are delighted to support a campaign that makes more literature accessible to people with sight loss."

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