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E-readers 'increase access to literature'

5th November 2009

New developments in digital formats are good news for people who find it difficult to read traditional paper books, according to an expert.

Honor Wilson-Fletcher, strategic development director at the National Literacy Trust, said she is not concerned by claims that the rise of technologies such as e-readers will lead to the demise of the printed book.

'It is worth remembering that digital formats are particularly useful for those who may find reading books on paper challenging – for example the visually impaired,' she commented.

Ms Wilson-Fletcher said electronic platforms increase the overall 'market for words' and make reading accessible for more people.

The expert added that digital formats still retain the power of a traditional book to 'stimulate, sustain or increase an appetite for reading', so long as they are able to package stories in a way that is appealing.

Earlier this year, the National Literacy Trust called on political parties to make literacy a priority in their manifestos, saying reading can increase the quality of life and economic wellbeing of individuals.

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