According to the Royal National Institute of the Blind (RNIB), just 7% of books are available in formats fully accessible to blind and partially-sighted people.
This is shocking. Why should people be denied the right to read simply because they have a disability?
On October 19, RNIB will be celebrating the joy of reading and asking everyone to get involved in Read for RNIB Day to help raise money for reading services, such as braille, giant print and audiobooks for almost two million blind and partially-sighted people across the UK.
It costs around £4,500 to make a single title accessible in giant print, braille and as a Talking Book.
So whether it's holding a book sale, hosting a literary lunch, a story sleepover, or being part of a read-aloud-athon, every penny raised is vital.
For more information about how you can take part, call 0845 345 0054 or visit www.readforrnib.org.uk.
MICHAEL PALIN CBE
Supporter of RNIB