The end of the “book famine” means that 300 million visually disabled people around the world will get to read more books.
To celebrate, Sight Savers (a non-profit organization working to combat blindness in developing countries) posted this interesting question on Storify:
“For blind and visually impaired people all over the world, a new treaty will provide access to millions of publications which have previously been locked away by legal restrictions. We’re following worldwide reaction and asking our friends: Which book would you share with the world?”
They’ve continued the dialogue on Twitter:
This historic treaty means access to books will soon be increased for visually impaired people. Which book would you share with the world?
— Sightsavers (@Sightsavers) June 27, 2013
There have been some great responses: Picture of Dorian Grey, Around the World in 80 Days, The War of the Worlds and One Hundred Years of Solitude.
I was happy to add my voice to the discussion with my much-loved book Heidi. It’s childhood favourite of mine, and I chose it because it has universal themes that inspire and entertain.
@lostfoundbooks A wonderful book!
— Sightsavers (@Sightsavers) July 12, 2013
If you could pick one book to share with the world, what book would that be? (If you’re on Twitter, send it along to