“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” Receives Accessible Editions
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has been made accessible to a whole host of new readers thanks to two innovative publishers. The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has teamed up with Little, Brown to release both braille and giant print editions of the book, with an audiobook set to follow in the near future.
Steve Tyler of RNIB said,
It’s wonderful that today we can thank Little, Brown for ensuring that people with sight loss can read the latest ‘Harry Potter’ story at the same time as everyone else.
Meanwhile, W F Howes is teaming up with the University of South Wales and the British Dyslexia Association to publish an edition of the book for dyslexic readers in September. The Times reports that the dyslexic readers’ edition of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will contain blue text printed on a beige, slightly thicker paper, with larger letters, wider margins, and a simple sans-serif font throughout.
Dominic White, head of publishing at the publisher, said,
We’re immensely proud to be making ‘Harry Potter’ available for the first time to the huge percentage of the population with [d]yslexia and to be involved in making J.K. Rowling’s work more accessible than ever before.
The book was released worldwide a little over a week ago to a very mixed reception from fans, while the West End theater production has received five-star reviews across the board from theater critics (P.S. Don’t forget to read our own review here!). Are you glad to hear that there will be a dyslexic-friendly edition of Cursed Child?