Thursday, 4 February 2016
Bob On... Books: Quick Reads
I had the pleasure of attending the launch of the 10th Anniversary of Quick Reads.
Quick Reads is a wonderful organisation, set up to encourage reading by adults with reading difficulties.
I was surprised to learn as many as one in six adults in the UK have difficulties with reading. To them, the prospect of reading a full-blown novel is a daunting one. But Quick Reads supplies the answer; shorter and simpler tales, making them easier to tackle.
The stories are written by bestselling authors and supported by their publishers. There is a mix of standalone tales and compilations, such as this year's anniversary compilation which features tales by Fanny Blake, Elizabeth Buchan, Rowan Coleman, Jenny Colgan, Philippa Gregory, Matt Haig, Veronica Henry, Andy McNab, Richard Madeley, John O'Farrell... and even a couple of recipes from The Hairy Bikers!
And the great trick is these tales are put out for just £1 - at that price, people who don't read/struggle to read can dip their toes into the water. Spend £1 and don't like it? Not a huge deal. Spend perhaps £7 or £8 on a full-blown novel and don't like it? Less likely to take another chance.
Over 4.5 million books have been distributed, helping the cause of adult literacy immensely.
To learn more, click here for the Quick Reads site
Quick Reads is a great program, and even avid readers can get a lot from it.