One of the country's leading writers of children's fiction is spearheading a campaign to end a "book famine" that means the blind miss out on the joy of reading.
Jacqueline Wilson, whose book The Story of Tracy Beaker has been turned into a hit BBC series, will call on publishers today not to ignore people with sight problems.
The best-selling author is the first in the country to ask her publisher to include a clause in her contract promising to simultaneously print her work in Braille.
Research by the Royal National Institute of the Blind has found that 96 per cent of books published in the UK never make it into Braille, audio format or large print.
Those that do, appear months or even years later and often rely on charities to fund them, says the RNIB.
Together with the Right to Read Alliance, it is now calling on "book-lovers" to pressure MPs into addressing the problem.
Ms Wilson, who has sold more than ten million books in 30 countries, said: "Reading means all the world to me and I can't imagine what it would be like to be denied this pleasure.
"Blind and partially sighted people should enjoy the same rich library of books as everybody else and that is why I'm supporting the Right to Read campaign."
About 450,000 people in the Midlands have sight problems or dyslexia. Yet the Disability Discrimination Act does not require publishers to print books to cater for them.
Shubnum Majeed, from Wolverhampton, who lost her sight when she was 13 as a result of juvenile glaucoma, said: "Most people take it for granted that they can walk into a bookshop or library and have millions of books to choose from.
"I can't do that. I can hardly find any books in large print that I want to read."
The 38-year-old science teacher added: "I used to love reading when I was a child but once my sight went, I was forced to lose interest because it was too difficult to read the print in most books."
The RNIB today launches a "manifesto for change" called Chapter and Verse to urge all publishers to take blind people seriously.
Last year the organisation handed in a 32,000-strong petition to Downing Street on World Book Day asking the Government to invest funds to produce more accessible book.
But the RNIB's Midland spokesman Bill Alker said so far it had fallen on deaf ears.
"Publishers and RNIB have well-developed plans for a pilot project to test new ways of making books available," he said.
"But the Government steadfastly refuses to find a meagre £200,000 to fund this, let alone take responsibility for ensuring people with disabilities have equal rights when it comes to books and reading."