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Survey finds North-East is a region of bookworms
PEOPLE in the North-East are the country’s biggest book worms, getting through an impressive 30 books every year, five more than the national average.
The findings were revealed in a nationwide survey of more than 2,000 people, which has been released by the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB).
The research also revealed that while nine in ten people in the North-East read regularly, thousands could be denying themselves a whole world of literature because they are worried about what other people think.
Almost two thirds of those polled said they would be embarrassed to read certain types of books such as erotic fiction and works by celebrity authors.
However, the rise in the popularity of eBooks is sparing the region’s blushes, with one in six eBook readers downloading novels they do not want to be seen reading.
The RNIB carried out the survey ahead of Read for RNIB Day on Friday October 11, which aims to make more books available to blind and partially sighted people.
Becca McRow, Read for RNIB Day campaign manager, said: “Whilst the research is just meant to be a bit of fun, it’s important to remember that blind and partially sighted people have much less choice in the books they can read.
“Imagine not being able to enjoy your favourite book just because you cannot see?
“Just seven per cent of all books are fully accessible and we’re urging people to get involved in Read for RNIB Day on Friday 11 October and help us change the story.”
For a free fundraising pack visit readforrnib.org.uk or call 0845 345 0054
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