Back in the day when your first response to “20/20” was not Dr. Shelling’s BIG-E Eye Chart, but ABC TV’s Barbara Walter’s news show, it was great fun to get lost in the maze of a big bookstore’s magazine section. There were CinemaScopic arrays of publications displayed on shelves and tables. Magazines that specialized in the myriad subjects that interested the reading public appealed for our attention. And some money.
But it came to an end. A new, different time was here. Things happened. Some big newspapers reformatted or just disappeared. Iconic magazines ceased publication. A national chain of mega-bookstores shut its doors.
What happened? What caused this upheaval? There were a number of contributing factors. Here are just two of them. Way up there on our list was the personal electronics revolution. It seemed to happen overnight. Our homes suddenly were filled with all manner of things and e-stuff. We could now download the world.
Way down the list of problems is one that is disproportionately important because it is so sensitively personal.
With the passage of time, more and more, people are having more and more macular diseases and no longer can read magazines.
Enter Choice Magazine Listening.
Actually, CML made its debut back in 1962 and began to reopen the pages of magazines for Low vision readers.
Sometimes it’s hard to navigate tricky waters. But a half-century of experience has helped CML to carry out and improve the quality of its mission: To provide people with vision loss or physical disabilities, access to the best writing found in the pages of America’s top magazines. At no charge.
To carry out its mission, an editorial board reads 100 magazines to get a glimpse of their quality and range. Here are just some of the group:
- The New Yorker
- National Geographic
- Sports Illustrated
- The Atlantic
- Scientific American
- Natural History
- Vanity Fair
- Rolling Stone
CML releases four 12 hour recordings per year. Each cartridge contains a varied assortment of professionally read and recorded segments — articles, poetry, fiction, opinion, or how-to’s — all usually from the extensive CML magazine library.
CML feels it’s important to underscore the value it places on good writing. That seems a worthy position these days when “fast” seems more valued than “good.” And — very much worth repeating about a subscription to Choice Magazine Listing — it is entirely free.
CML digital cartridges can be played on a Talking Books Player from the National Library Service (NLS), or downloaded to the BARD Mobile App (available on the App Store or Google Play).
Contact CML with questions or to subscribe:
Phone: 888-724-6423 (M-F 9-4 EST)
Please note that this article was not paid for, affiliated with, or endorsed by any third-party companies. The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author’s.