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Materials in Large Print

Introduction

This reference guide presents selected sources of large-print materials for purchase or loan. Large-print materials have a type size that is easier to read for individuals with low vision. Most adult books are set in 10- to 12-point type, newspapers are often 8-point type, and some editions of the Bible are in 6-point type.

Type size is measured in points from the bottom of the lowest letter (for example, the tail of the letter “y”) to the tallest capital.

This is 12-point type

This is 14-point type

This is 16-point type

This is 18-point type

This is 24-point type

Type that is one inch high measures 72 points.

Large-print materials are most commonly available in 16- to 18-point type.  The minimum size for large-print materials is 14-point type, which is the size used by this reference guide. When known, point size is indicated for each entry throughout this guide.

Sources listed are United States book publishers and distributors, organizations for persons with visual impairments, and retailers of adaptive and accessible materials, and specialized libraries. Additionally large-print collections can be found in most public libraries, which may also provide access through interlibrary loan.

These sources may also provide general information about low vision. Please contact the organizations and vendors of the products of interest directly to verify current prices and product specifications.

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General Resources from NLS

The sources below give specific information pertaining to special-format magazines, religious material, and calendars. These publications are available free upon request from the Reference Section, National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress, Washington, DC 20542 and from www.loc.gov/nlsold/reference.

Large-print magazines

Magazines in Special Media
www.loc.gov/nlsold/reference/directories/magazines.html
Lists magazines in large print, as well as other special formats.

Large-print religious materials

Bibles and Other Sacred Writings in Special Media
www.loc.gov/nlsold/reference/guidess/bibles.html
Lists Bibles and sacred texts in large print, as well as other special formats.

Large-print calendars

Calendars
www.loc.gov/nlsold/reference/guides/calendars.html
Lists calendars in large print and in braille.

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Selected Sources of Large-Print Materials

ACT (American College Testing)

Services for Students with Disabilities
Attn: National Standard Time with Accommodations
PO Box 168
Iowa City, IA 52243-0168
(319) 337-1270
(319) 337-1332 testing with accommodations
[email protected]
www.actstudent.org/regist/disab/ Link outside of Library of Congress

Provides a large-print test booklet (18-point). Has established policies for requesting accommodations.

Alcoholics Anonymous World Services

PO Box 459
Grand Central Station
New York, NY 10163
(212) 870-3312
(212) 870-3137 fax
[email protected]
http://www.aa.org/ Link outside of Library of Congress

Provides large-print publications such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions in English and Spanish. Some titles are available only in English. Website is available in English, French, and Spanish.

American Printing House for the Blind (APH)

1839 Frankfort Ave.
PO Box 6085
Louisville, KY 40206
(502) 895-2405
800-223-1839 toll-free
(502) 899-2284 fax
[email protected]
http://shop.aph.org/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Home_10001_11051 Link outside of Library of Congress

Provides large-print textbooks and some leisure reading material, as well as resources for parents and professionals. Large-print children’s magazines are also available: Scholastic News, Junior Scholastic, and Science World. APH’s Louis Database of Accessible Materials lists the location information for more than 180,000 titles in special formats, including large print.

Bahá'í Service for the Blind

PO Box 709
Deming, NM 88031
[email protected]
www.bahaiservicefortheblind.org Link outside of Library of Congress

Provides various titles on and about the Bahá’í faith, including three titles in Spanish, in 18-point type.

Baker & Taylor

2550 W. Tyvola Rd., Ste. 300
Charlotte, NC 28217
(704) 998-3100
800-775-1800 toll-free
(704) 998-3316 fax
[email protected]
www.btol.com Link outside of Library of Congress

Offers retailers and libraries fiction and nonfiction titles from major large-print publishers.

Baker Book House

2768 E. Paris Ave. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49564
(616) 957-3110
866-241-6733 toll-free
(616) 957-0965 fax
www.bakerbookstore.com Link outside of Library of Congress

Publishes various Christian fiction and inspirational titles in large print.

Big Type Company

W136 N5265 Campbell Ct.
Menomonee Falls, WI 53051
800-933-1711 toll-free
(262) 783-6599 fax
http://big-type-co.myshopify.com/ Link outside of Library of Congress

Offers calendar, address book, and check register.

Broadman & Holman Publishers

One LifeWay Plz.
Nashville, TN 37234
800-448-8032 (for consumers)
800-458-2772 (for churches)
(615) 251-3914 fax (for consumers)
(615) 251-5933 fax (for churches)
http://www.bhpublishinggroup.com/ Link outside of Library of Congress

Large-print materials include Holman Christian Standard Bible, King James Version, and New King James Version.

Center Point Large Print

PO Box 1
Thorndike, ME 04986-0001
800-929-9108 toll-free
(207) 568-3727 fax
[email protected]
www.centerpointlargeprint.com Link outside of Library of Congress

Publishes adventure, fiction, mystery, romance, nonfiction, and western titles in large print. Bulk orders for libraries and retailers are available.

College Board

Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) Program
PO Box 8060
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864-0060
(212) 713-8333
(609) 882-4118 TTY
866-360-0114 fax
[email protected]
www.collegeboard.org/students-with-disabilities Link outside of Library of Congress

Provides large-print materials for students with disabilities who take College Board tests, including the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), the SAT Subject Tests, Advanced Placement (AP) tests, and the Preliminary SAT. Has established policies regarding documentation of a disability and the process for requesting accommodations.

Concordia Publishing House

3558 S. Jefferson Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63118-3968
(314) 268-1000
800-325-3040 toll-free
www.cph.org Link outside of Library of Congress

Sells large-print publications such as Lutheran Worship vols. 1 and 2 (Liturgy & Hymns), English Standard Version (ESV) Pew Bible, ESV Pulpit Bible, and Inspired by Hope (seasonal devotionals).

Doubleday Large Print Book Club

www.doubledaylargeprint.com Link outside of Library of Congress

Offers bestsellers, Christian fiction, classics, contemporary female fiction, fiction, historical fiction, mystery, reference, romance, and thrillers. Allows members to pay a yearly subscription and order books at lower-than-average prices.

Dover Publications

Customer Care Department
31 E. 2nd St.
Mineola, NY 11501-3852
(516) 294-7000
(516) 742-6953 fax
www.doverpublications.com Link outside of Library of Congress

Provides classics, including poetry and short stories, in large print.

Educational Testing Service (ETS) Disability Services

PO Box 6054
Princeton, NJ 08541-6054
(609) 771-7780
866-387-8602  toll-free
(609) 771-7714 TTY
(609) 771-7165 fax
[email protected]
www.ets.org/disabilities Link outside of Library of Congress

Provides large-print materials for students with disabilities who take the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) General Test and Subject Tests. Has established policies regarding documentation of a disability and the process for requesting accommodations.

General Educational Development (GED) Testing Service

877-392-6433 (877-EXAM-GED)
[email protected]
www.gedtestingservice.com/testers/accommodations-for-disability Link outside of Library of Congress

Provides accommodations in testing, such as large-print tests and extended time, for adults with documented physical and learning disabilities.

Guideposts

Guideposts Associates, Inc.
PO Box 5814
Harlan, IA 51593
800-932-2145 toll-free
(845) 228-2115 fax
[email protected]
www.guideposts.org Link outside of Library of Congress

Provides the monthly Christian magazine Guideposts and the daily devotional Daily Guideposts in large print.

Harvard Ranch Publishing

10403 W. Cherokee Dr.
Box 488
Salida, CO 81201
(719) 539-0833
800-815-9533 toll-free
www.harvardranch.com Link outside of Library of Congress

Offers Favorite Hymns, Verses from the Bible, and A Walk in the Garden (inspirational words). Each title is in 48-point type.

High Noon Books

20 Leveroni Ct. 
Novato, CA 94949
800-422-7249 toll-free
(415) 883-3314
888-287-9975 fax
[email protected]
www.highnoonbooks.com Link outside of Library of Congress

Provides fiction and nonfiction books for upper elementary and junior high school students who read substantially below grade level. Also publishes graphic novels and high-interest/low-level novels and offers mobile apps, e-books, and audiobooks. Type size and line spacing are adjusted to reading level. “Sound Out” chapter books are written for low first-grade reading level and are in 20-point type.

Horizons for the Blind

125 Erick St., A103
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
(815) 444-8800 TDD
800-318-2000 toll-free
(815) 444-8830 fax
[email protected]
[email protected]
www.horizons-blind.org/categories.php Link outside of Library of Congress

Offers many books in large print as well as the monthly periodical Seeing It Our Way, which has articles, craft instructions, recipes, helpful hints, sports information, and games.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

HMH Trade & Reference
9205 Southpark Center Loop
Orlando, FL 32819
800-225-3362 toll-free
800-634-7568 fax
[email protected]
www.houghtonmifflinbooks.com Link outside of Library of Congress

Sells the Large Print American Heritage Dictionary, the Large Print Roget’s II Thesaurus, and the Webster’s Large Print Dictionary.

Independent Living Aids

137 Rano Rd.
Buffalo, NY 14207
800-537-2118 toll-free
(516) 937-3906 fax
www.independentliving.com Link outside of Library of Congress

Offers large-print materials including the Merriam-Webster’s Concise Dictionary Large-Print Edition, the Webster’s Large Print Dictionary, the King James Version Large-Print Bible (16-point type), crossword puzzle books, measuring spoons and cups, calculators, calendar/planners, address books, bingo cards, check and deposit registers, diabetes registers, and playing cards

InfoCon

2423 Station Dr.
Stockton, CA 95215
(209) 478-7075
800-544-4551 toll-free
(209) 478-7074 fax
www.InfoCon-inc.com Link outside of Library of Congress

Offers children’s textbooks and reading books at various grade levels in literature, mathematics, and social studies. Most books can be customized at any point size upon request.

Islamic Bookstore

3840 Bank St.
Baltimore MD 21224-2522
(410) 675-0040 ext. 10
[email protected]
www.islamicbookstore.com Link outside of Library of Congress

Sells the Quran in large print in both Arabic and English.

JBI International

110 East 30th St.
New York, NY 10016
(212) 889-2525
800-433-1531 toll-free
(212) 689-3692 fax
[email protected]
www.jbilibrary.org Link outside of Library of Congress

Offers free liturgical and life-cycle materials, including the Five Books of Moses, Haftarot, Haggadot, and the Daily and Sabbath Prayer Book, as well as Jewish educational materials. Lending library of fiction and nonfiction in English and other languages.

The Jewish Heritage for the Blind

1655 East 24th St.
Brooklyn, NY 11229
(718) 338-4999
[email protected]
www.jhbinternational.org Link outside of Library of Congress

Offers liturgical materials, including prayer books, weekday Torah readings, large-print calendars, Passover Haggadot, Birkat Hamazon, and more. Free to individuals with visual disabilities.

Large Print Book Company

PO Box 970
Sanbornville, NH 03872-0970
866-569-4125 toll-free
(603) 569-4743 fax
[email protected]
www.largeprintbookco.com Link outside of Library of Congress

Offers classics, as well as mystery and romance titles, in both hardcover and softcover.

The Large Print Bookshop

PO Box 5375
Englewood, CO 80155
(303) 721-7511
800-305-2743 toll-free
[email protected]
www.thelargeprintbookshop.com Link outside of Library of Congress

Offers biography, classics, fiction, non-fiction, history, puzzle books, religion (Bibles), romance, and more.

Large Print Press – Gale

27500 Drake Rd.
Farmington Hills, MI 48331
800-877-4253 toll-free
877-363-4253 toll-free fax
www.gale.com Link outside of Library of Congress

Offers titles in popular genres such as fiction, historical fiction, mystery, romance, and suspense.

Library Reproduction Service (LRS)

19146 Van Ness Ave.
Torrance, CA 90501
800-255-5002 toll-free
(310) 354-2601 fax
[email protected]
https://largeprintschoolbooks.com Link outside of Library of Congress

Offers children’s classics; reference materials, including English-language and foreign-language dictionaries; textbooks and related workbooks and manuals; and a large-print reproduction service for titles not listed in the catalog.

Lighthouse International

Lighthouse Guild
The Sol and Lillian Goldman Building
111 E. 59th St.
New York, NY 10022-1202
800-284-4422 toll-free
http://shop.lighthouseguild.org Link outside of Library of Congress

Offers large-print materials including address books, playing cards, Sudoku puzzles, check registers, and crosswords.

LS&S (Learning, Sight, and Sound)

145 River Rock Dr.
Buffalo, NY 14207
(716) 348-3500
800-468-4789 toll-free
866-317-8533 TTY
(847) 498-1482 fax
www.lssproducts.com Link outside of Library of Congress

Offers large-print materials including the Random House Webster’s Large-Print Dictionary, the King James Version Giant-Print Bible, crossword puzzle books, calendars, address books, check registers, bingo cards, and playing cards.

Lutheran Braille Workers, Inc.

13471 California St.
PO Box 5000
Yucaipa, CA 92399
800-925-6092 toll-free
(909) 795-8970 fax
[email protected]
www.lbwinc.org Link outside of Library of Congress

Offers free religious books and pamphlets in 18-point type, including the New International Version (NIV) of the Bible, Bible studies, hymns, sermons, tracts, and children’s stories. Some materials are also available in Spanish.

Maxi-Aids

42 Executive Blvd.
Farmingdale, NY 11735
(631) 752-0521
800-522-6294 toll-free
(631) 752-0738 TTY
(631) 752-0689 fax
www.maxiaids.com Link outside of Library of Congress

Offers large-print materials including English-language dictionaries, the King James Version Giant-Print Reference Bible, cookbooks, crossword puzzle books, address books, calendars, check registers, Scrabble, bingo cards, and playing cards.

Merriam-Webster, Inc.

47 Federal St.
PO Box 281
Springfield, MA 01102
(413) 731-5979 fax
www.merriam-webster.com/ Link outside of Library of Congress

Offers the Merriam-Webster's Concise Dictionary, Large-Print Edition and The Official Scrabble Players’ Dictionary, Large-Print Edition.

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped Music Section, Library of Congress

1291 Taylor St. NW
Washington, DC 20542-4962
(202) 707-0514
800-424-8567, ext. 2 toll-free
(202) 707-0712 fax
[email protected]
www.loc.gov/nlsold/music

Offers large-print music with a minimum of 14-point type and a staff size of one inch for voice, piano, and other instruments. Also has books about music, librettos, biographies of popular and classical musicians, music magazines, general music histories, and some music reference works. Materials are available to registered patrons who are unable to read or use regular printed materials.

The New York Times Store

800-671-4332 toll-free
[email protected]
www.nystore.com Link outside of Library of Congress

Offers New York Times Large-Print Crossword Puzzles.

Oxford University Press

Customer Service Department
2001 Evans Rd.
Cary, NC 27513
800-445-9714 toll-free
(919) 677-1303 fax
[email protected]
https://global.oup.com

Offers large-print materials including the Oxford Dictionary, the Oxford Thesaurus, the Scofield Study Bible, and the New American Bible.

Random House Large Print

1745 Broadway
New York, NY 10019
(212) 782-9000
800-726-0600 toll-free
[email protected]
www.randomhouse.com/largeprint Link outside of Library of Congress

Offers primarily general fiction with some mystery, biography, and nonfiction.

Resources for Rehabilitation

22 Bonad Rd.
Winchester, MA 01890
(781) 368-9080
(781) 368-9096 fax
[email protected]
www.rfr.org Link outside of Library of Congress

Offers Living with Low Vision resource guide and Resources for Elders with Disabilities in large print.

Thorndike Press

10 Water St., Ste. 310
Waterville, ME 04901
(207) 861-7500
800-223-1244 toll-free
(207) 861-7501 fax
800-558-4676 toll-free fax
[email protected]
http://thorndike.gale.com Link outside of Library of Congress

Offers genres including adventure, biography, Christian fiction, fiction, cookbooks, mystery, fantasy, inspiration, nonfiction, romance, science fiction, Spanish-language materials, and westerns. Some titles are available in paperback.

Transaction Publishers

300 McGaw Dr.
Edison, NJ 08837
(732) 445-1245
888-999-6778 toll-free
(732) 748-9801 fax
[email protected]
www.transactionpub.com Link outside of Library of Congress

Offers American and British fiction and nonfiction titles, including biography, classics, philosophy, history, and travel.

Ulverscroft Large-Print Books (USA), Inc.

950A Union Rd., Ste. 427
PO Box 1230
West Seneca, NY 14224-1230
(716) 674-4270
800-955-9659 toll-free
(716) 674-4195 fax
[email protected]
www.ulverscroft.com Link outside of Library of Congress

Offers fiction and nonfiction titles, including children’s literature, classics, mystery, romance, and westerns.

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Index

Bahá’í

Bahá’í Service for the Blind

Calendars

Big Type Company
Independent Living Aids
Jewish Heritage for the Blind
LS&S (Learning, Sight, and Sound)
Maxi-Aids

Children

American Printing House for the Blind (APH)
Baker & Taylor
Baker Book House
Doubleday Large Print Book Club
High Noon Books
InfoCon
Large Print Press – Gale
Library Reproduction Services (LRS)
Lutheran Braille Works, Inc.
Ulverscroft Large-Print Books (USA), Inc.

Christianity

Baker Book House
Broadman & Holman Publishers
Concordia Publishing House
Doubleday Large Print Book Club
Guideposts
Harvard Ranch Publishing
Independent Living Aids
The Large Print Bookshop
LS&S (Learning, Sight, and Sound)
Lutheran Braille Workers, Inc.
Maxi-Aids
Oxford University Press
Thorndike Press
Ulversoft Large-Print Books (USA) Inc.

Educational

ACT (American College Testing)
American Printing House for the Blind (APH)
College Board
Educational Testing Service (ETS) Disability Services
General Education Development (GED) Testing Service
High Noon Books
InfoCon
Library Reproduction Service (LRS)

Fiction

American Printing House for the Blind (APH)
Baker & Taylor
Baker Book House
Center Point Large Print
Doubleday Large Print Book Club
Dover Publications
High Noon Books
Horizons for the Blind
InfoCon
JBI International
Large Print Book Company
The Large Print Bookshop
Large Print Press – Gale
Library Reproduction Service (LRS)
Random House Large Print
Thorndike Press
Transaction Publishers
Ulversoft Large-Print Books (USA) Inc.

Health

American Printing House for the Blind (APH)
Independent Living Aids
Resources for Rehabilitation

Islam

Islamic Bookstore

Judaism

JBI International
The Jewish Heritage for the Blind

Large-Print Accessories

American Printing House for the Blind
Big Type Company
Independent Living Aids
Jewish Heritage for the Blind
Lighthouse International
LS&S (Learning, Sight, and Sound)
Maxi-Aids

Library Retailers

Baker & Taylor
Center Point Large Print

Magazines

American Printing House for the Blind
Guideposts
Horizons for the Blind
National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Music Section

Non-Fiction

American Printing House for the Blind (APH)
Baker & Taylor
Center Point Large Print
Doubleday Large Print Book Club
Dover Publications
High Noon Books
Horizons for the Blind
InfoCon
JBI International
The Large Print Bookshop
Library Reproduction Service (LRS)
National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Music Section
Random House Large Print
Thorndike Press
Transaction Publishers
Ulversoft Large-Print Books (USA), Inc.

Puzzles and Games

American Printing House for the Blind (APH)
Independent Living Aids
The Large Print Bookshop
Lighthouse International
LS&S (Learning, Sight, and Sound)
Maxi-Aids
Merriam-Webster, Inc.
The New York Times Store

Reference

American Printing House for the Blind (APH)
Doubleday Large Print Book Club
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Independent Living Aids
Library Reproduction Service (LRS)
LS&S (Learning, Sight, and Sound)
Maxi-Aids
Merriam-Webster, Inc.

Oxford University Press

Spanish

Alcoholics Anonymous World Services
Bahá’í Service for the Blind
Lutheran Braille Workers, Inc.
Thorndike Press

Specialized

Alcoholics Anonymous World Services
American Printing House for the Blind (APH)
Harvard Ranch Publishing
National Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Music Section
Resources for Rehabilitation

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Selected Internet Resources

All about Vision

www.allaboutvision.com Link outside of Library of Congress

Provides information on low vision, eye diseases, eye wear, LASIK and laser eye surgery, and contact lenses.

American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) Directory of Services

www.afb.org/services.asp Link outside of Library of Congress

Provides an online directory searchable by services and by state and/or province.

American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) Senior Site

www.visionaware.org/info/for-seniors/1 Link outside of Library of Congress

Designed to support the needs and answer the questions of older adults with vision loss, as well as their families, caregivers, health-care providers, and social services professionals.

American Optometric Association

www.aoa.org Link outside of Library of Congress

Offers information on eye conditions and diseases, children’s vision, adult vision, and contact lenses.

APH’s Louis Database of Accessible Materials

http://louis.aph.org Link outside of Library of Congress

A database of materials in accessible media, including large print, from more than 180 agencies nationwide.

Low Vision Information Center

www.lowvisioninfo.org Link outside of Library of Congress

Offers information on lighting, optical aids, and causes of and living with low vision, as well as support programs. Includes an online newsletter.

National Institutes of Health, National Eye Institute (NEI) – Eye Health Information

www.nei.nih.gov/health

Provides English and Spanish-language information on eye diseases and disorders, basic eye anatomy, and eye-care resources.

New York Institute for Special Education, Blindness Resource Center – Low Vision Resources

www.nyise.org/lowvision.htm Link outside of Library of Congress

Links to producers and distributors of CCTVs, magnification aids, and print‑enhancing software. Includes information on living with low vision and using accessibility features on iPhones and Windows computers.

Prevent Blindness America

www.preventblindness.org Link outside of Library of Congress

Information on adult eye problems, children’s eye problems, and eye safety. Includes links to eye reports, research, and studies.

Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired – Resources for Parents and Professionals

www.tsbvi.edu/resources Link outside of Library of Congress

Presents many resources for parents and professionals working with children who are blind or have low vision. Covers such topics as accommodations, technology, adaptive materials, assessments, eye conditions, and more.

University of Iowa – Eye Resources on the Internet

http://webeye.ophth.uiowa.edu/eye-health/ Link outside of Library of Congress

Links to eye organizations, information about diseases, university ophthalmology centers, organizations with products and services, online journals, and chat rooms.

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