Recipes from My Home Kitchen is now available in Braille
“Well, uh, that’s a good question…”
And then I’ll spiel into how my cookbook being accessible was a top priority (it was, and still is); how the editor and publisher agreed (they did); but that in the end, the economics just didn’t make sense—the cost of printing my cookbook in Braille would be too high, and the publisher would have no choice but to pass along that cost to the consumer. And we all know my cookbook may have been a NYT best seller, but who are we kidding? Nobody’s going to buy it for $200!
Okay, so maybe I’ve exaggerated. Maybe not. I admit I have no idea how much it costs to purchase a book transcribed in Braille.
Nonetheless, it’s not really practical to have a huge volume in Braille sitting on your countertop when attempting to cook dinner. (And believe me, these volumes are huge. I’m currently reading A Confederacy of Dunces in Braille, and the hubs makes fun of me every time I lug it up and down the stairs.)
But since when did we humans abide by the laws of logic?
I have been a member of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped since I’d begun losing vision in both eyes back in 2003. Audio books were my saving grace through my extended bouts of vision loss and even paralysis, due to my Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO). I would’ve never thought, laying in my bed then, that a little over a decade later, I’d have my own book available through this very same service. It’s satisfying to know there’s a possibility others are enjoying my own book through the medium I’d once (and still) use.
Now when I’m asked that same question, I can eagerly say, “Yes, my cookbook IS accessible.”
Check out Recipes from My Home Kitchen in Braille (book #: BR 20085) or on audio (book #: DB 76676) by going to the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, and learn eligibility requirements and how to apply. Already a member? What are your thoughts on services or books offered?
Stay tuned for next week when my Stockholm series resumes.