One In Five for Sunday 4 August 2013
This week, what 50 Shades of Grey has to do with a landmark multi-country treaty that's just been signed in Morocco.
The Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind says it’s been estimated that, of all published books, less than 5 percent are available to the blind, visually impaired and print disabled communities. And, for some keen readers, that means popular titles like 50 Shades of Grey and The Hunger Games have been hard to come by.
Now a treaty finalised by the World Intellectual Property Organisation means that individual countries can convert books into Braille formats, audio recordings and large-print books more easily, and more importantly, share this material with other countries.
The Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind says this historic treaty will go a long way towards addressing what it calls the 'Book Famine'.
Katy Gosset talks to members about their love of books and getting their hands on 50 Shades of Grey.
Left to right: Joy McIntock and Kevin Prince of the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind; Leilu Harrison-Talbot listening to an audio book on her DAISY player.