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Producing Books For Adults With Dyslexia

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We at Books on the Hill would like to share our new diversity project: 'Open Dyslexic.’ 

We have created a new publisher BOTH Press to do this. We are passionate about helping people who have dyslexia, or have any difficulty with reading, to access the joy of good fiction. We aim to make exciting good quality fiction accessible to those not currently provided for by  today’s traditional mass book market. furthermore we wanted to create a tool for our fellow booksellers to help those customers who deal with dyslexic and have difficulty reading. We are working with talented and award winning authors to publish titles of dyslexic friendly books for adults. I am a bookseller, and passionate about books and reading. But this was not always the case, I am dyslexic myself, and could not read until 13, and so now I am passionate about helping anyone who has difficulty reading. 

This project is very important to me,  as not only did I find it difficult to read, but my sister and many of my friends are also dyslexic. One of the most satisfying thing of being a bookseller is helping children finding books they want, especially so when they were scared of reading due to their dyslexia. Since we started the project, Books on the Hill have had many adults customers with dyslexia come in shop asking for something accessible  to read. For example, one customer asked if we stocked well known novels in a dyslexic friendly format. Unfortunately we had to say no, as they just don’t exist. We explained what we are trying to achieve by printing our own and she replied:

“I have been reading [children dyslexic] books but they are a bit childish so am really happy I have found your company!! Thanks so much again and thank you for making such a helpful and inclusive brand - it means a lot. "

Dyslexia is a learning difference that primarily affects reading and writing skills. The NHS estimates that up to 1 in every 10 people in the UK have some form of dyslexia, while other dyslexic organisations believe 1 in 5 and more than 2 million people in the UK are severely affected Dyslexia does not stop someone from achieving. There are many people who are successful and are dyslexic. Famous actors, such as Orlando Bloom; Entrepreneurs like Theo Paphitis, and many, many more, including myself. All of who believe dyslexia has helped them to be where they are now. dyslexia, as I can attest to, does not go away. You don’t grow out of it.


We are very aware that every dyslexic reader is different and so we’re keen to get feedback on our formatting. If you’re a dyslexic reader, or struggle with reading, we’d love to hear your thoughts. Download this PDF of fonts to get started. 

As indicated by our name, BOTH Publishing, these stories are also for anyone to enjoy as a quick read on a train, bus or in the sunshine on a park bench. 

Please do check out this downloadable PDF of diffrent fonts and spaceings , then please send it back to us at info@booksonthehill.co.uk. This will help us work out the best way to formt this books.  PDF Download 


Books on the Hill is Alistair Sims. He is the manager and commander-in-chief of the bookshop (though his partner, Chloe and his mother, Joanne, who set up the bookshop with him, may disagree with this description ). Alistair is dyslexic and has a PhD in history and archaelogy.  He could not read until he was 13 and is passionate about helping anyone who has difficulty reading. He is the driving force behind BOTH Press and  has been involved in every step in this project, from finding award winning authors to contribute, the cover design, and the road to publication, including setting up for distribution. 

Books on the Hill  are collaborating with Chrissey Harrison, who is also an local author and member of North Bristol Writers Group. Chressey and Alistair have designed the bookcovers together, with Chrissey creating the finshed product we now look on at awe with. Nearly all the design work has been done by Chrissey, and she is also in charge of the printing process, typesetting and lialsing with the printer. We are so proud and appreciative to be working with her. 

Special mention must go to Harrison Gates, who runs Nine Worthy, and who has dedicated his time and expertise to produce our print catalogue for us free of cost. 

Joanne Hall is an author, editor and formerly the Chair of BristolCon, Bristol’s premier (and only) science fiction and fantasy convention. We must give a huge thank you to Jo for proof reading the stories free of cost. 

Vicky Brewster has edited all the new stories by the authors. She specialises in editing and beta reading long-form fiction, although she also has experience in short-form fiction, non-fiction and academic work.   Vicky is a great editor, with her skills honed by years spent writing for the commercial market, and postgraduate academic study of both English Literature and Creative Writing.  She has also completed several course with SFEP on editing and proofreading.