Experience Hay Festival with Calibre Audio
May 25, 2022

We are delighted to announce that once again we are the accessibility partner for the world-renowned Hay Festival, bringing a fantastic range of books and writers to our members so they can join in with this highlight in the literary calendar.

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Calibre Audio Awards
May 16, 2022

This year we were very excited to launch the first-ever Calibre Audio Awards, honouring the best audiobooks added to Calibre's collection in the last 12 months. We are now delighted to share the results.

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British Book Awards 2022
April 29, 2022

We are once again delighted to be the accessibility partner for the British Book Awards. Showcasing the best of British talent, a panel of writers, broadcasters and industry experts will select winners from 72 shortlisted titles across 12 categories, and we are busying ourselves to add as many as we can to the Calibre collection.

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Join a Calibre telephone book group
March 30, 2022

If you love listening to books but wish you could share your thoughts about them with others, then why not join a Calibre telephone book group.

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Calibre Audio and Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
February 18, 2022

We are delighted to announce another new partnership for Calibre Audio, with Aylesbury Waterside Theatre. The theatre is showing the brilliant West End production of David Walliams’ Billionaire Boy, and with opening night coinciding with World Book Day on 3rd March, they will be helping to raise awareness of our service.

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Calibre Audio and World Book Day Partnership
February 24, 2022

We are so thrilled to announce that we are a new accessibility partner for World Book Day! Celebrating their 25th anniversary this year, World Book Day promotes reading for pleasure, offering every child and young person the opportunity to have a book of their own. We have joined forces with them to bring all our members the same books in audio ready to share for World Book Day on 3rd March.

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Author Interview with Kate Ellis
November 25, 2021

Following on from our recent focus on crime books, we're delighted to have discovered this interview in the Calibre archives with author Kate Ellis.

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Calibre Press Release
November 19, 2021

Calibre Audio is delighted to be able to announce that Dame Judi Dench has become the charity's new Patron.

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Meet the Narrator - David Hobbs
November 4, 2021

This month on 'Meet the Narrator', David Hobbs takes us into his studio to share his recording secrets...

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Meet the Narrator - Ann Stutz
October 4, 2021

Our newest Meet The Narrator offering is Ann Stutz, who has just finished her 150th recording for Calibre!

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All you need to know about our USB postal service
September 27, 2021

With a new 'add to postal list' feature added to our Play Calibre site, here's all you need to know about our postal service...

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We're Listening: Join our Member Panel
September 24, 2021

Would you like to be part of our member panel? Read on for details of how to join and give us your opinions...

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Reading Is Magic Festival Partnership
September 21, 2021

We are excited to once again be the accessibility partner for the Reading Is Magic Festival, a five-day celebration of children’s literature and books. Running from 27th September to 1st October, Reading Is Magic beams a series of free events and activities straight into schools and homes across the world.

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RealSAM free trial for Calibre members
October 5, 2021

Did you know that if you own an Alexa or Google smart speaker, you can now use it to listen to your Calibre books? Decide if that works for you with a free 6-month trial....

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Calibre free Will service
September 1, 2021

We all know that it's important to have a Will, but for many of us running around and leading busy lives, it's something that often gets pushed to the bottom of the list...

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An Interview with Alison Weir
August 12, 2021

On our podcast this month we are delighted to feature an interview with Alison Weir, historian and author of some of our favourite historical novels and biographies.

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Audiobooks for Reluctant Readers
July 26, 2021

If you haven’t seen it, the latest research from the National Literacy Trust offers new insights into the way reluctant readers, young people and underrepresented children consume audio.

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Meet the Narrator - Bob Rollett
July 19, 2021

A slightly delayed meet the narrator for the month of June, but one well worth waiting for ... the hugely popular Bob Rollett.

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GuideConnect from Dolphin
July 13, 2021

Our friends at Dolphin have been working hard at bringing out new and innovative ways to increase accessibility and GuideConnect is their latest.

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Remembering Lucinda Riley
June 18, 2021

Here at Calibre we were saddened to hear of the death of Lucinda Riley this week, who has died of cancer aged 56. After an early career as an actor, Lucinda wrote her first book age 24 and went on to become a bestselling author of romantic and historical fiction. Her books have been translated into 37 languages and have sold 30 million copies worldwide.

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Meet the Narrator - Alice Barclay
May 26, 2021

For May, our Meet The Narrator is the very talented Alice Barclay, who has been narrating for Calibre for nearly ten years.

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Free webinar on downloading Calibre books with Dolphin EasyReader * Update
May 12, 2021

Following on from our successful webinars that we held earlier on in the year, we are thrilled to be able to announce 5 new dates. Join Dave Salisbury and Colin Shales from Dolphin and Emma Scott from Calibre Audio to discover how to use the EasyReader app to find, download and read titles from Calibre Audio.

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Calibre at the British Book Awards
May 7, 2021

We are honoured to be the accessibility partner for this year's British Book Awards and are highlighting the shortlisted books in our collection so that the awards can be accessible to as many people as possible.

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Calibre Annual Appeal
May 4, 2021

This week here at Calibre, we have once again launched our annual appeal. It seems, perhaps, that we are always asking so we wanted to take a small moment to explain why.

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Meet The Narrator - James Murphy
April 29, 2021

Our April Meet The Narrator is the popular James Murphy, who has been narrating for Calibre for over five years.

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Spirit of Stoke Mandeville: The Story of Sir Ludwig Guttmann
April 12, 2021

We were delighted to be asked to partner with the National Paralympic Heritage Trust to make a video highlighting the work of Sir Ludwig Guttmann, whose story is told in Spirit of Stoke Mandeville: The Story of Sir Ludwig Guttmann written by Susan Goodman.

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Reading to make ourselves feel better
April 7, 2021

Let’s face it, it’s not only adults who can feel a bit low or a bit anxious. Throughout the month of March, we have been featuring a Reading for Wellbeing page on our website with articles written with the grown-ups in mind. So it's about time we featured some of our best children’s books too to help you feel happy, confident and ready to take on the world, super-hero style!

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Meet The Narrator - Katherine Shaw
March 29, 2021

As part of our introductions to some of our lovely narrators who work mainly behind the scenes, we will be bringing you podcasts and interviews from the people you have often met only by voice. Next, the lovely Katherine Shaw.

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Positive impacts of reading
March 24, 2021

For some people, reading a good book is as much a part of their daily routine as cleaning their teeth or eating and drinking. For others, reading is a passion or a hobby that they try to fit into their busy lives wherever possible. So, what could be better for a book lover, particularly those in the latter category, than being given more great reasons to read?

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Calibre books now available on RealSAM Smart Speaker
March 11, 2021

We are thrilled to announce that Calibre Audio has partnered with RealSAM Smart Speaker to bring accessible audiobooks to smart speakers across the UK.

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Meet The Narrator - Kim Ismay
March 29, 2021

This year we decided that we would introduce you to some of our lovely narrators who work mainly behind the scenes, but without them our books would not be recorded, and we would not be able to provide the service that we do. So, throughout the year we will be bringing you podcasts and interviews from the people you have often met only by voice. First up, the wonderful Kim Ismay.‍

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An update on our postal service and how to add books to your book list
January 26, 2021

We want to reassure all our members that our postal service is back up and running and will continue to run alongside our download and streaming offerings. In addition to that, there is now a way that you can add to your postal book lists online

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Homeschooling Resources
January 25, 2021

We know that homelearning is sometimes a struggle, even for those of you who have dug deep and discovered their inner teacher alive and kicking within them! So to hopefully get this new week off to a good start, we have pulled together a list of the best free resources currently available and hope you (or a small person nearby) finds them useful.

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A glimpse into Calibre book production
November 18, 2020

Without our amazing Production Department, none of the audiobooks in our library would be available for our members to borrow.

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Reading to boost our mental health..
November 17, 2020

Reading books has been proven to have many health benefits, from reducing stress and helping to combat memory loss, to boosting mental health.

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The Big Give Christmas Fundraising Challenge!
November 20, 2020

Can you help us fill our advent calendar and our real library with some wonderful new books - the perfect present for booklovers this Christmas?

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Member Update: 5th November
November 9, 2020

An update from our CEO on the continuation of Calibre services now that we are entering a second lockdown...

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Interview with Alan Pickering
October 20, 2020

We have been lucky enough to secure an interview with Alan Pickering, former government pensions advisor, and the subject of 'Look Where You're Going' by Paddy Briggs.

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PRESS RELEASE: Calibre Audio and the National Paralympic Heritage Trust
August 14, 2020

We are excited to announce that The National Paralympic Heritage Trust has partnered with Calibre Audio to produce the audiobook version of the biography “The Spirit of Stoke Mandeville, The Story of Sir Ludwig Guttmann”.

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National Reading Group Day
June 19, 2020

National Reading Group Day takes place on Saturday 20th June in celebration of reading groups and the positive effect that these groups have on their members. The benefits of being part of a reading group have been widely discussed including social interaction and sharing the love of books and reading.

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Dog quiz - questions & answers!
August 26, 2020

Quizzes have been going great guns during lockdown and we've all enjoyed spending extra time with our pets - or seeing other people's gatecrash a video call! So what could be better than a combination of the two - a dog quiz suitable for all the family.

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Hi VIS Fortnight 2020!
June 7, 2020

It’s Hi VIS Fortnight, a country-wide initiative to highlight accessible library services and alternative formats available to visually impaired people. To celebrate this year’s theme of ‘the word in all its formats’ we thought we would bring your attention to some inspiring and informative stories on how some individuals have coped with the challenges of sight loss.

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Audiobooks, health and wellbeing
May 13, 2020

Reading books has many health benefits; from reducing stress and helping to combat memory loss, to boosting mental health. Books provide us with companionship, adventure, empathy and enjoyment, and listening to audiobooks extends all of this to people who cannot read printed books.

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VE Day 75th Anniversary
May 20, 2020

Here at Calibre two of our volunteers have spoken of their memories 75 years on, as they remember a day of exuberant celebrations after the terrible loss and deprivations of the time. Denise, our Editorial Coordinator, spoke to Jane and Mary over the telephone.

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2.6 Challenge Update
May 7, 2020

We are over a week into the 2.6 Challenge and our fundraisers are going from strength to strength to raise some much-needed funds for Calibre Audio.

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Member Update: 27th April
April 28, 2020

Despite the continuing lockdown, and all the challenges that this brings, our Membership teams have caught up on the backlog and are processing your requests as normal.

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Member Update: 8th April
April 9, 2020

I am delighted to announce that from Tuesday 14th April we will be reopening our CD’s and memory sticks service.

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Online streaming service for members
April 1, 2020

Did you know that all our members have access to stream our audiobooks online all day, everyday? That means no more waiting for books in the post; you can choose what to listen to, when you want to with 24 hour access to our website. If you are unsure how to do this, we are here to help.

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New phone line for leaving book reviews
September 10, 2020

If you have read a great book and want to signpost it to others, call our new dedicated answerphone on 01296 767 355 and leave your review in a message – and we can then share it on our website and social media, allowing other readers to discover your hidden gem.

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Online story resources for children
March 31, 2020

We have sifted through the best free online resources to keep your children connected to the world of books. From listening to the children's laureate read to Harry Potter quizzes, this is just the tip of the iceberg of support available at this time.

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Carnegie and Greenaway Awards 2020
June 18, 2020

This year we are delighted to be working with CILIP’s Carnegie and Greenaway Awards by making their shortlist accessible on audiobooks for everyone with a print disability.

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Remembering illustrator Marjorie Blamey, MBE
March 17, 2020

The 13th March would have been the 102nd birthday of Calibre member Marjorie Blamey, MBE. Marjorie became one of the world’s best known botanical illustrators and her wonderful work can most likely be found on all of our own bookshelves. She illustrated such classics as the Collin’s Gem Guide to Wild Flowers and Cassell’s Wild Flowers of Britain.

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World Book Day 2020
March 9, 2020

It’s World Book Day and children across the country are dressing up as their favourite book characters to celebrate their love of books and reading. Not to be outdone, staff and volunteers at Calibre Audio are joining in the fun.

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Calibre Audio: Unleash the power of your imagination
March 5, 2020

Today, in support of World Book Day, Calibre Audio announces the next phase of its development with exciting changes to the service.

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