Audiobooks offer a gateway to the world of independence when print is inaccessible. Reading books has many health benefits; from reducing anxiety and helping to combat memory loss, to boosting mental health. Books provide us with companionship, adventure, empathy and enjoyment, and listening to audiobooks extends all of this to people who cannot read printed books.
A restricting disability can bring with it the sting of iso- lation, and being locked out of activities that were once enjoyed can create frustra- tion and loneliness. However, research has shown that listening to audiobooks can boost men- tal health (ref. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov), helping to
counteract depression and other mental health issues. Escaping to audiobooks provides comfort and compan- ionship as well as being a coping strategy in hard times.
Calibre Audio is a charity, providing free audiobooks to anyone who struggles to read print, through sight loss,
dyslexia or a physical disability. Our collection of over 11,500 audiobooks includes books from all genres, both fiction and non-fiction, from the clas- sics to the latest blockbusters; from crime to autobiographies. Our books are available online for members or delivered to your door via a free postal service.
It is free and easy to join. Visit calibreaudio.org.uk for more information or to join.