Braille is a system of raised dots that allows people who are blind to read text by feeling the dots with their fingers. You can create Braille at home using a slate and stylus to punch each dot by hand, but this method can be time consuming, especially if you are not very familiar with Braille. You can also purchase a Braille typewriter, which works in a similar way to a manual text typewriter except that it embosses the dots in the paper. Braille printers are also available for computers, but these units can be expensive for home use. For large quantities of Braille text, such as a book, you may want to hire a professional Braille printer to convert the text to Braille and emboss and bind the pages for you. Read on to learn how to print books in Braille.
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Things you need
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Prepare your text for conversion to Braille by making sure it is complete and free of errors.
Select a Braille book printer, such as the one listed in the resource section below. Make sure the printer can provide all the services you need, such as converting the text to Braille, printing the book, binding the book and shipping it to you by the deadline. Be sure to ask the printer any questions you have about the process or the final product.
Get a quote from the printer. Most book printers, include Braille printers, will give you a free estimate for your project based on how much text you have, what services you need, what type of paper and binding you want, how many copies of the book you need and how soon you need the project completed.
Submit your text to the Braille printer. Most book printers prefer to receive electronic files, such as Microsoft Word documents, text files or PDF files. They may charge extra to print a book if you can only submit a hard copy.
Follow up with the printer to make sure everything is going as planned. The printer may give you a proof to check before the final printing.
Tips and warnings
- Most Braille printers use Grade 2 Braille, which uses contractions to take up less space. Most readers use this type of Braille. However, if you need Grade 1 Braille (which may be used by beginning Braille readers) make sure the Braille printer can accommodate your needs.
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