5 steps to engage with books - for dyslexic adults

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Whatever your starting point is, here are 5 steps you could take to engage with books.
By an anonymous dyslexic adult

Step 1: Choose a book

For ideas see
Printable PDF - List of books on the catalogue for dyslexics
Series of books for adults designed to be dyslexia-friendly
Four easy ways to find the right book for you

Step 2: Find your chosen book

If you are not familiar with your local library, ask the staff to help you find the book you have chosen. Many libraries also offer e-books and e-audiobooks which you can borrow without visiting a library.
If you are dyslexic, you can also access books:
In plain text or Microsoft Word formats from the Seeing Ear library (free of charge)
In audio formats from Listening Books (for an annual fee) or Calibre Audio Library (for a one-off joining fee)
In accessible formats if you are a school pupil in Scotland, via your teacher, from CALL Scotland’s ‘Books for All’ (free of charge)
For details of other accessible ways to engage with books, see section C of ‘Accessing Books - A Guide for Dyslexic Adults’

Step 3: Try out audiobooks, graphic novels and dramatisations

For ideas see Printable PDF - List of books on the catalogue for dyslexics
Use your strengths. For example, if you find audio dramatizations work well for you, make sure you include them in your books repertoire.
With graphic novels, try a few - some are more accessible than others.

Step 4: Try out a strategy

For ideas see Strategy flashcards for engaging with books

Step 5: Identify features that help you to engage with mainstream books

Try out the activity in Mainstream books – what constitutes a good choice for you
Further information on engaging with books
Here are some more blog posts:

Engaging with Books 1 - print books
Engaging with Books 2 - alternative formats
Engaging with Books 3 - non-fiction
Engaging with Books: Narrative and Dyslexia-Friendly Features
How I engage with books - and how you could, too - 3 motivators
Book spaces and group activities
Books and Wellbeing Part 1 - the benefits that books can have, and the detrimental effects that an absence of books can have, on an individual’s wellbeing
Books and Wellbeing Part 2 - using books and other resources to aid dyslexic wellbeing
Books and Wellbeing Part 3 - adapting lists to self-manage dyslexia and common mental health conditions
Overcoming a reluctance to read - a series of blog posts on: 7 ways to overcome a reluctance to read; some booklists that can help reluctant readers; and how to recommend books using booklists and reviews

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