Most major book publishers offer their best sellers in large print editions. The industry standard calls for 16 pt type, wide margins, and matte-finished paper.
But what if 16 pt type isn’t big enough? That’s where Read How You Want comes in. RHYW offers a print-on-demand service where you select from nine different font sizes ranging from 11 pt to 48 pt. Samples of the various sizes are available on their website.
Because of copyright restrictions, RHYW isn’t able to offer it’s POD service for the entire universe of published materials. Instead, the company has established relationships with a list of publishers and created an online catalog of books from their offerings. Public domain titles are also available from RHYW. It’s not the same as shopping Amazon, but still there are several thousand titles to choose from.
In addition to large print, RHYW offers selected titles in Braille and DAISY formats. Braille orders are sent as email attachments; buyers print them with Braille embossers. DAISY audiobook orders are also delivered as email attachments; buyers listen to them on DAISY players.
Read How You Want uses the latest technology to help seniors keep reading. I applaud their efforts and wish them success.
Jim has macular degeneration, a medical condition that results in blurred vision in the center of the visual field. He used to enjoy reading Zane Grey westerns and the local newspaper, but gave up on both when the words on the page looked so smudged he couldn’t make them out. The image shown at left gives an idea of what this is like.
Large print books are part of the solution for Jim. And maybe they’ll be part of the solution for you or your loved one. The font size in these books is at least twice the size of standard print books. Large print books have wider margins and they’re printed on paper with a dull finish to reduce glare.
Most public libraries have a large print section. Typically libraries budget a set amount of money for large print and place a standing order with their book distributor for a set number of books each year. The books added to the collection are usually large print versions of the most popular best sellers.
If you don’t find the titles you want in large print format at the library, consider buying them. There won’t be a large print section at your local brick ‘n mortar book store, but it’s easy to order large print books online from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other online booksellers. You can search for particular titles and see if they’re available in large print format. Or browse through thousands of titles offered in large print.
Pricing varies, but hard cover large print books generally cost between $28 and $32 while large print paperbacks are in the $13 to $18 range. Bargain hunters can keep the cost down by shopping used book venues like Powells and Better World Books.