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Terms & Conditions for buying books from Access2Books

How to choose and buy a 'Giant Print and Braille' book.... 

  1. If you know the title of your book, you can use the search facility to go straight to your book. Otherwise, click SHOP and browse through the books. 
  2. When you find the one you are looking for, click on it and you will get MORE INFORMATION.
  3. If you want to buy then click on ADD TO SHOPPING BASKET.
  4. You can now SELECT the type of postal delivery: Articles for the Blind is free postage plus a packaging cost. First class is as charged by the Royal mail plus packaging cost.
  5. You now have the choice of  CONTINUE SHOPPING or GO TO CHECKOUT.
  6. At the CHECKOUT you enter your details and the name/organisation using the book (if not you).
  7. You should read the Terms & Conditions for buying books from Access2Books see T&C's below for details.
  8. This is also where you enter any special instructions see 'Book Specification and Options' below.
  9. Payment is by BACS transfer, Purchase Order, Credit Card or Paypal. The details are on the checkout screen and also in the order confirmation email.

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Book Specification and Options

The book is printed on 160gsm smooth matt paper. The size of the book is 295mm high by 307mm wide available in softback with matt finish.

The font used is Tiresias in 75 point. If you require a different font for access, for example peole with dyslexia may prefer 'Times Roman', then add it to the 'special requirements' box on the Checkout form.

Grade 1 (un-contracted) Unified English Braille (UEB) with caps is our standard. If you require a different Braille add it to the 'special requirements' box on the Checkout form.

Braille Options

If you require alternative Braille to the above then read the following descriptions and let us know in the 'Name/organisation using the book plus any special requirements' section at the checkout.

Option 1.   Braille Grade

There are two grades of braille see below:

Grade 1- Uncontracted braille is a straightforward letter for letter translation from print and includes the alphabet, numbers and punctuation marks. We recommend this Grade as it enables braille reader at every level to read these books. This is our standard production.

Grade 2 - Contracted braille has special signs for combinations of letters and more commonly occuring words, such as 'sh', 'ing', 'the' and 'for'. This reduces the size of braille documents by about 25 per cent, and generally increases reading speed. We do not recommend this grade generally, because it could exclude braille learners such as children. You will need to request this option.


Option 2.   Braille Standard


There are two standards of braille see below:


SEB - This is the original standard for Braille within the UK. It is still available upon request. But, has been superceded by Universal English Braille (UEB) see below. This is not our standard option. You will need to request this option.


UEB - This is the new standard for English speaking countries around the world. It was developed to provide a universal standard braille so books produced in one English speaking country can be used in other English speaking countries. This is now our standard production. Placing an order on our website will automatically be in this standard unless you specify otherwise.  



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Grade 1 braille explained

Uncontracted braille translates each print character into a braille character or cell. It is great for basic labelling of objects like CDs, canned food in the cupboard. 

Who learns and uses Grade 1 braille?

Due to its relatively simple design, uncontracted braille is easier to learn than contracted (grade 2) braille.

Many learners start by studying the basic dot combinations for the letters of the alphabet; the main punctuation symbols and the numbering system. They don't learn the word forms, short forms or contractions that make up contracted braille, because they may only be using braille for labelling or accessing small portions of text.

Grade 2 braille explained

Contracted braille is used by more experienced braille users. It uses the same letters, punctuation and numbers as uncontracted braille, but also uses a contracted system or shorthand where groups of letters may be combined into a single braille cell. This means it's quicker to read and write than uncontracted braille, and also takes up less space.

Who learns and uses contracted braille?

Contracted braille is harder to learn that uncontracted braille.

Books, magazines and other information tends to be produced in contracted braille, to cut down on size. Contracted braille produces much less bulky books and magazines!

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Terms & Condition for buying books from Access2Books

  1. Access2Books is a ‘not-for-profit’ community interest project that produces and publishes children story books in Giant Print and Braille.
  2. As such, we are governed by the Copyright (Visually Impaired Persons) Act 2002 and the CLA licence we hold.
  3. In accordance with the Act and the CLA, we produce copyrighted publications in an accessible format for an authorised person, provided it is not already available in that format and we have sought permission from the holder of the rights of the publication - usually the publisher and author.
  4. When you buy from Access2Books, you do so in full knowledge that the copies you purchase are for the personal use of an authorised person according to the act - who are most likely to be adults or children with macular conditions, maybe cataracts and other sight conditions that affect the macular and therefore reading. Another group is people with learning disabilities who require giant print and illustrations to support their reading. The design will also assist people with physical conditions that affect co-ordination and dexterity.
  5. For the purpose of monitoring its reproduction, you are asked when placing an order to provide the name and address of the person who requires this format as described above, or if you are an organisation such as a school, library or charity then you can refer to your students or members.
  6. The Act and CLA only allows Access2Books to operate as a ‘not-for-profit’ project. Any charges made to Access2Books for displaying or selling-on our books must only be the cost of doing so and must not contain a profit element as this will invalidate the copyright permission given to Access2Books under the Act and CLA.
  7. When you buy books from Access2Books you agree to the terms and conditions above.


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