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"The Complete Directory of Large Print Books and Serials" (New York: R.R. Bowker, 2002) is a comprehensive catalog of available books and serials; it includes author, title and subject indexes and a directory of publishers. It should be available in larger libraries.
Many religious organizations produce publications for their visually handicapped members, in a variety of accessible formats, as do many organizations for the visually handicapped. "Magazines in Special Media 2000", published by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, is a directory of magazines available in braille, cassette, large print and Moon formats. It includes indexes of titles and formats, as well as contact information for the publishers of the magazines. It is available in large print from local libraries for the blind and on the NLS site.
There are four large print magazines directed at a general audience:
The AccessBooks project of the Royal National Institute for the Blind delivers online books in electronic format, large print and giant print, using a proprietary DOS-based program for displaying books and periodicals. A demonstration is downloadable.
American Printing House for the Blind produces large print textbooks for students at all grade levels, as well as cookbooks, dictionaries and children's literature.
Blindskills, Inc. publishes "Dialogue" magazine. "Articles cover a wide range of subject matter, including adjustment techniques, mobility, employment, independence, health, technology, cuisine, student issues, sports and recreation. Short pieces of fiction and poetry, submitted by our readers, are spotlighted in each issue. DIALOGUE contains a vast resource section of products and services to aid the visually impaired in all aspects of life." Also available in braille, cassette and diskette formats.
Chivers North America distributes Galaxy children's fiction in large print:
Hampton, NH 03843-1450
Chivers Large Print Direct is an online bookstore located in the United Kingdom that accepts overseas orders.
Discovering Archeology--Large Print Edition, published quarterly; annual subscription is $19.95.
Doubleday Large Print Home Library is a book club offering popular romances, mysteries and adventure stories.
Dover Publications sells about a dozen large print classics, including James Joyce's "Dubliners."
G. K. Hall and Co. publishes large print popular fiction and sells directly to readers:
P.O. Box 159
Thorndike, ME 04986
Harvard Ranch Books publishes books in 48-point type with digitally-enhanced photographs.
The Huge Print Press prints books on demand in type from 16 to 36 point; the books are produced in hard cover, paperback, looseleaf or etext format.
InfoCon is using a digital process to produce large-print books. "InfoCon will enlarge almost any textbook, literature book, children's book, test, workbook, songbook, tax forms, tax manuals, magazines, and even other materials."
Large Print Books is a web site that lists available books in two dozen categories, from biography to Westerns. It is an easy-to-use interface for Amazon.com.
The Large Print Literary Reader "showcases the very best fiction, essays, and history in large-print format ... because low vision isn't the same as low intelligence." Published bimonthly, six issues for $39.95.
Large Print Press.com sells a modest selection of books by popular authors in paperback format in 16-point type.
Large Print Reviews: reviews of large print and audio books and other items of interest to individuals with low vision.
Large Print Road Atlas (1999).
Library Reproduction Service sells large-print copies of adult education textbooks including "The Essential GED" (also available on tape and in braille), vocational and English as a Second Language textbooks; also classic children's books.
MegaMaps is a program that uses a PC to create maps from one page to seven feet across, with various degrees of enlargement.
National Association for Visually Handicapped has a free lending library of large-print books available by mail. About 7,000 books are available.
Quiet Vision Publishing sells large-print titles by, among others, Lucy Maud Montgomery and Edgar Rice Burroughs. There are downloadable catalogs in text format.
Reader's Digest Partners for Sight Foundation publishes Reader's Digest Select
Editions Large Type. Each volume contains edited selections from current fiction, romance, adventure and mystery. An annual subscription includes six volumes for $14.95.
Reader's Digest Large Type
P.O. Box 262
Mount Morris, IL 61054
Specialty Publishing and Printing serves schools for the blind and other educational institutions. It produces enlargements of single orders for use by visually impaired students.
Stricker Books is a Canadian company that sells large-print and audio books on-line.
Thorndike Press plans to issue popular children's and young adult titles in large print, six per quarter, beginning in November 1999. The Press also publishes African-American, Christian and Spanish-language large print books.
Transaction Publishers has over 100 large-print titles--classic American and European literature as well as sports, health, and travel.
Ulverscroft publishes more than sixty large print titles per month, some for children, under imprints such as Isis and Magna; the books are available through North American book dealers and on-line.
Wheeler Publishing produces large-print bestsellers but sells primarily to libraries and authorized organizations.
"A Field Guide for the Sight-impaired Reader: A Comprehensive Resource for Students, Teachers, and Librarians (Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1999)," by Andrew Leibs, gives some idea of the information sources, especially large-print books, available to visually-handicapped readers.
The Wisconsin School for the Visually Handicapped Media Center serves all visually impaired students in Wisconsin. Students and teachers from other schools may borrow WSVH Media Center materials by requesting specific items using the state-wide interlibrary loan system or by calling the WSVH Media Center Directly. The WSVH Media Center's collections include braille, twin-vision, 4-track cassettes, 2-track cassettes, large print, regular print and descriptive videos. [Note to WISCAT searchers: limit location to WSVH by using location field; enter "Wis Sch Vis Hand."]
Wisconsin School for the Visually Handicapped
1700 West State Street
Janesville, WI 53546
Wisconsin Reference and Loan Library makes available to Wisconsin residents a collection of about 200 large print children's titles. Contact your local Wisconsin public library to ask for these books on interlibrary loan. A catalog is available.
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