Summertime and the reading is easy....

So it's summertime and as the song goes, the living is easy. But is your holiday reading easy? Of course it's great to read books while sitting in the sun. What happens though if you're unable to physically hold a book and read it. Or, perhaps you've got some literacy issues.  What are the other options? With the advent of tablet computers and smartphones it's never been easier to read electronic publications.

Now I have to say that I'm a bit old fashioned and actually like reading books as opposed to reading electronic publications. But last year I joined the real world and bought myself an e-book reader. It's cheap but it does what I want it to do.

Hang on a miniute though.  Some of you might have issues with the smaller size of the print on an e-book reader. No problem. On most if not all devices you can change the size of text so if you have a visual impairment you can change the size of the print. If you need text to be different colours you can make that simple change too.  If you find changing the background colour to be useful you can easily do that if you need to.

Everyone knows that if you have dyslexia, reading can be difficult.  No problem if you have the facility to convert that text into speech. You can listen to your book being read out.  Just remember to plug those earphones in so you don't annoy anyone!

We've written a factsheet all about electronic publications. It's available from our website:

How can we help?

AbilityNet helps disabled people use computers and the internet at work, at home and in education. There are a few ways that we can help:

  • Call our free Helpline. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff will discuss any kind of computer problem and do their best to come up with a solution. We’re open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm on 0800 269 545.
  • Arrange a home visit. We have a network of AbilityNet ITCanHelp volunteers who can help if you have technical issues with your computer systems. They can come to your home, or help you over the phone.
  • We have a range of factsheets which talk in detail about technology that might help you, which can be downloaded for free. 
  • My Computer My Way. A list of free hints and tips that you can use to make your time on the computer that bit easier.


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