FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: 
Monday, June 18, 2012
Category: 
Chris Danielsen
Director of Public Relations
National Federation of the Blind
(410) 659-9314, extension 2330
(410) 262-1281 (Cell)
Susan Olivo
Reader's Digest Partners for Sight Foundation
Executive Director
(914) 244-5349

NFB-NEWSLINE® Adds Reader’s Digest

Popular Publication Now on Free Service for Blind and Print-Disabled People

Baltimore, Maryland (June 18, 2012): The National Federation of the Blind is pleased to announce that NFB-NEWSLINE®—its free service that provides independent access by print-disabled people to hundreds of local and national publications, as well as TV and job listings—has partnered with The Reader’s Digest Association, Inc. to offer its very popular monthly magazine to subscribers.  

The addition of Reader’s Digest will expand the already wide variety of content offered by the service, including magazines that focus on science, technology, and culture.  Offering more than 300 newspapers, magazines, and wire feeds, NFB-NEWSLINE® provides subscribers with on-demand access and the ability to read only those sections and articles of interest to the user from the publications available.  Subscribers may read their favorite publications via a variety of methods, including using a touch-tone telephone, accessing content on the Web, via an iPhone or other iOS device, or by downloading publications to a digital talking book player or MP3 player.

Dr. Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said: “The addition of Reader’s Digest—which is not only one of the most popular consumer magazines in the United States but also enjoys worldwide success—gives NFB-NEWSLINE® subscribers yet another choice in content, featuring a mix of compelling human interest stories, family-based articles, and humor.  The National Federation of the Blind is pleased that NFB-NEWSLINE® continues to expand the diversity of its offerings to meet the variety of subscribers’ interests and needs.”

“This is great news for our subscribers,” said Scott White, who directs the NFB-NEWSLINE® program.  “Reader’s Digest has been one of our most requested magazines and we are pleased to be able to offer it on the service.”

Liz Vaccariello, V.P. and editor-in-chief of Reader’s Digest, said: “We are very happy to partner with the National Federation of the Blind in offering our magazine content.  Its commitment to providing equal access to printed material is unparalleled.”

NFB-NEWSLINE® allows those who cannot read conventional newsprint due to a visual or physical disability to access publications as well as television and job listings over the telephone, on the Web, via an iOS device, or by download to digital talking book players or MP3-playing devices.

To learn more about NFB-NEWSLINE®, please visit www.nfbnewsline.org.  Those interested in subscribing to the service may fill out the online application form, write to nfbnewsline@nfb.org, or call (866) 504-7300.  In order to be eligible for NFB-NEWSLINE®, an individual must be a US resident who is legally blind or has a physical or learning disability that prevents the independent reading of newspapers.