FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: 
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Category: 
Chris Danielsen
Director of Public Relations
National Federation of the Blind
(410) 659-9314, extension 2330
(410) 262-1281 (Cell)

NFB-NEWSLINE® Adds Five
Meredith Magazines to Lineup

New Publications Offer More Content, More Variety to Subscribers

Baltimore, Maryland (March 23, 2011): 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 Meredith Corporation (NYSE: MDP) to offer five leading publications to subscribers. 

The addition of Better Homes and GardensFamily CircleLadies’ Home Journal,Parents, and Fitness 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, or downloading publications to a digital talking book player or MP3 player.

Dr. Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said: “These magazines—in addition to the thirty other magazines offered through this groundbreaking and critically important service—will increase the value of NFB-NEWSLINE® to subscribers.  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.  These new magazines, which are being offered for the first time in their entirety to blind and print-disabled individuals, will benefit these readers by providing the information they need to enhance their health, homes, and family life.”

“Meredith helps women create rich and meaningful lives by focusing on the three areas that matter most—their families, their homes, and their health and well-being,” said Tom Harty, President of the Meredith National Media Group.  “Partnering with NFB-NEWSLINE® gives us the opportunity to provide this high-quality and service-oriented content to even more women on an additional media platform.”

“This is fantastic news for our subscribers,” said Scott White, who directs the NFB-NEWSLINE® program.  “Meredith magazines will provide our subscribers with content that reflects their areas of interest.  With these publications, NFB-NEWSLINE® expands its ability to provide the blind and others who cannot read print with interesting and useful information.”

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, 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.