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The Casual Vacancy in accessible formats

Tue, 06 Nov 2012

The Casual Vacancy, J.K. Rowling's first book for adults, was published on 27 September and is hot media news. RNIB did some analysis of the choices available to readers:

Print books

  • Hardcover £9 (Little, Brown)
  • Large print £32.99 (Little, Brown) from the Large Print Bookshop (7-10 day delivery)
  • Giant print coming soon (RNIB National Library Service) - for loan only.

Audio (all unabridged)

  • CD RRP is £30, but widely available for £24 (Hachette Digital) Audible £19.99 (Hachette Digital)
  • DAISY £9.99 from RNIB, via streaming or to borrow from the library service


  • Contracted and uncontracted from RNIB, for sale (£9.99) and loan.

eBooks widely available

  • Kindle £11.99 (Hachette Digital)
  • TTS enabled ePub £11.99 (Little, Brown) from Waterstones, WH Smith, Kobo, Google Play and more.
  • The eBook formats mean that the book can be read in variable large print (Kindle, Kobo, iPad and computers), with text to speech (on the Kindle keyboard, on computer through Digital Editions and Kindle for PC, on mobile devices through iBooks, Google Play) and with a braille display (iBooks on the iPhone).