Free newspaper subscription offer for blind and partially sighted

Posted on: April 15, 2020 by Claire Meadows

A new initiative by the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is to provide free subscriptions to newspapers and TV guides in the battle against the Covid-19 virus.

The scheme, supported by publisher copyright organisation NLA Media Access, is being made available through the RNIB Newsagent service.

Many blind and partially sighted people use on-screen magnification methods of screen reading software.  RNIB Newsagent provides text email versions of some UK newspapers as well as TV and radio guides, which can then be adapted by users.

The offer of a free subscription to one newspaper of choice or a TV guide is for three months.

RNIB Library and Newsagent Manager, James Bartlett told In Publishing magazine: “Now more than ever people are keen to keep up with the news headlines and hear about what is going on in the world.

“We would like to acknowledge the support of NLA Media Access for helping us to provide this offer and encourage anybody interested to sign up via the RNIB Helpline.”

NLA’s Head of Publisher Services, Matt Aspinall added: “It’s an honour being able to help support RNIB with this initiative, at a time when consuming the news is so important and increasingly difficult.

NLA has been a partner of RNIB for almost a decade, providing accessible content from over 100 newspapers.

NLA are keen to hear from new publishers who wish to support RNIB during the initiative.

  • For a full list of what publications are available from RNIB Newsagent or to sign up to the service, contact the RNIB Helpline on 0303 123 9999 or by emailing