British Wireless for the Blind Fund (BWBF) and The Talking News Federation (TNF) have joined forces to make it even easier for blind and partially sighted people to listen to their local Talking Newspapers.

BWBF and TNF have launched a new mobile application, and a new skill for the Amazon Echo, so users can access over 200 regional Talking Newspapers from their smartphone, tablet or Alexa enabled device.

 Talking Newspaper app

The app, called “Talking Newspaper” can be downloaded by users to their own smart devices for free from both Apple and Android stores. It is available to people with a variety of difficulties reading text, such as dyslexia, as well as people who are blind or partially sighted.

The new app features over 200 regional Talking Newspapers, making it easier than ever to keep up with what’s going on in your own community or in areas where you may have friends or family.

Follow these links to find and install the Talking Newspaper app:

Alexa skill

Simply enable the Talking Newspapers skill on your Alexa device and ask the skill for the name of the talking newspaper you would like. The skill is compatible with all the talking newspapers hosted by BWBF.

You can enable the skill using your voice and the command “Alexa, Enable Talking Newspapers”, or do it manually through the Alexa app on a smart device. Search within Skills and Games for Talking Newspapers and tap the BWBF black and orange news logo to launch the skill. Once the skill is enabled you simply say, “Alexa, Open Talking Newspapers” and say the name of the local paper you would like. You can then easily navigate through the talking newspaper by asking Alexa to play the next track or the previous one, and catch up on your local news using voice commands alone.


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