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Our Work with CISFA


As a CISFA member we invite you to join Listening Books!

Along with CISFA, we know how difficult it can be when you are isolated and unwell, and that is why we would like to offer you free access to a selection of our Listening Books catalogue on a tablet sent to your home. Anyone who has an illness, disability, learning difficulty or mental health condition that impacts on their ability to read print, and lives in the UK will qualify.

How it works?

Once you have filled in the application form, we will go through your favourite book choices and load around 50 fantastic titles onto a tablet, which we will then courier to your house along with instructions on how to listen to the books.   One of our friendly team will then give you a call to make sure you received the tablet and are up and running.  After that we will call you again at 6 monthly intervals to see if you would like to swap the books included for some new one's to listen to.  Listening Books is a charity and due to the kind donations of trusts and companies, we are able to offer you all this for free.  If at any time you decide you don't need or want the tablet anymore, you can send it back to us for free.  Please contact us to arrange this. 


There are many benefits of listening to audiobooks, not just the enjoyment of a great story but they can be a relief from pain or loneliness.  Our Patron Stephen Fry describes audiobooks as 'The companionship of a voice telling stories is very special, Listening Books distributes pure undiluted pleasure and friendship'.


Image of woman looking at a tablet and listening to an audiobook.

To apply for the Listening Books scheme, please either complete this online form, telephone 020 7407 9417 or email Louise at  If you prefer to complete the paper form and return by post, you can find the form here. Please return it to: Freepost LISTENING BOOKS.

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Terms & Conditions

Listening Books is a charity for people with print impairments. Those eligible for membership include people with dyslexia, arthritis, stroke, multiple sclerosis, ME, glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts, autism, Asperger's syndrome, ADD, ADHD, amputations, Down's syndrome, cystic fibrosis, diabetes, head injuries, muscular dystrophy, cancer, emphysema, cerebral palsy, heart conditions, motor neurone disease, neurological conditions, paralysis, Parkinson's disease, paraplegia, quadriplegia, polio, spinal injuries, frailty and manual dexterity problems.

Our audiobooks must not be modified, copied, reproduced, transferred, distributed, leased, licensed or publicly performed in any way, are lent to members for their own non-commercial use only and will be returned to Listening Books or, if downloaded, will be deleted from any portable device once listened to and any discs the titles have been burnt to destroyed at the end of the lending period.

If you have a Listening Books tablet, that tablet remains the property of Listening Books and will be returned where possible to Listening Books on the termination of your membership.

Listening Books offer all types of audio for a variety of interests and tastes.  Members are expected to monitor their own content and choose accordingly.  Our children's catalogue has been put together with children in mind but the responsibility remains with the parent or guardian to monitor appropriate content. 

To the best of our ability, we include information regarding whether a book contains violent or sexual content.  However, we can only do this where we are informed about content by the publisher and we take no responsibility for any titles that are not labelled but contain such content.