For the first time, Kiwis with sight loss will be able to read new books at the same time as the rest of the public.

A new agreement between Penguin Random House New Zealand and the Blind Foundation will give the Blind Foundation access to new titles before they are released, so that the books can be made available in an accessible format.

Selected books will be available to people who are blind or have low vision through the Blind Foundation’s Library service and their BookLink app on the same date as the print version is released.

The first book to come out under the new agreement is Lydia Ko: Portrait of a teen golfing sensation, by Michael Donaldson. It will be available on BookLink, Braille, and in print on 3 October.

“Being able to access new books as they are released is a fantastic step towards breaking down the barriers that face the blind and low vision community,” says Blind Foundation National Library Manager David Klassen.

“We are very grateful to Penguin Random House for making this possible. One of the frustrations for our readers is waiting for new releases to be available for us to produce in accessible formats. This will give Kiwis with sight loss the same access to a selection of new books as everyone else.”

“Penguin Random House Publishing Director Debra Millar said the company was pleased to help ensure vision impaired readers had access to new releases at the same time as everyone else.”

Lydia Ko: Portrait of a teen golfing sensation is a biography of New Zealand’s most successful international sporting star. It will be available on the Blind Foundation BookLink app and in stores on 3 October.