Good Reading : August 2013
THE WAY YOU READ Reading – your way Many of us know someone who has trouble reading, for any of a number of reasons. It may even be you who has difficulty. Reading is such a fundamental skill in modern life that not being able to do it can affect all areas of your life. But gr has discovered that Christopher Stephen, founder of Read How You Want, is determined to help you. C hristopher Stephen got interested in helping people to read after his sister, who has MS, found that she couldn’t read the print in regular books. He organised for her to have large print books, but she still struggled. It was then discovered that she had an eye-tracking problem. Her eyes would jump from one line to the other, which resulted in her getting the words in the wrong order and not making any sense. Christopher said, ‘We did some experiments and we found that we could reformat the book and she could read again. We did this by increasing the line length, increasing the font size, and very carefully adjusting the line spacing so that the lines were far enough apart so that her eyes didn’t jump between the lines www. .org.au but close enough together so that her eyes didn’t get lost in the white space.’ He then realised that he might also be able to help others who find it difficult to read. ‘The whole paradigm that it was the reader’s job to read the publisher’s book was broken in my mind. We started to ask, “How can we reformat the book to make it easier for other people to read?” Let’s adjust the book and not the reader.’ His company, Read How You Want, now produces products that can help those with vision problems such as blindness, retinal problems or macular degeneration. They produce print-on-demand individual books that suit your needs. So you can order a book with a type point size of your choice, from 16 to 48 points.