Because of the blind Boy does not want to accept Louis Braille in order to be able to literature by reading Aloud experience, he invented in 1825 as a 16-Year-old Braille, called Braille. It consists of dot patterns that are pressed into the back of the paper, so that the increases can be palpated with the fingertips. In Germany, the Braille 1879, was introduced.

Today, there are in this country, according to Annette Pavkovic five Braille publishers: the Catholic Braille publishing house and printing house gGmbH Pauline von Mallinckrodt in Bonn, whose managing Director she is, the German Central library for the Blind in Leipzig, the BIT-center in Munich, Blista in Marburg, and the Foundation of the Central library for the Blind in Hamburg.

they all print books in Braille or audiobooks. The Braille characters are mainly pressed double sided on the paper. The back is embossed offset to the front. In the Full text, which includes 64 characters – almost every character to a Braille character. In the shorthand, which is based on the full font and only after that is learned, can be reduced, whereby about a third of space is saved. Braille needs, in principle, about twice as much space as black font for Sighted.

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The Braille publishing house and printing house gGmbH was founded in 1845 by Pauline von Mallinckrodt. She published the first palpable Relief manuscripts for children. Since 1896, printing in Braille. “We are the only blind printing in a Catholic institution and provide for all ages and target groups, magazines and books,” says Pavkovic.

The publisher has been 121 years, the oldest English-speaking blind magazine “party hours”. A quarter of the magazines goes in the German-speaking countries: Switzerland, Austria and South Tyrol. “Last year, we even had a single order from Namibia, the Namibian Constitution in Braille, it was ordered,” says the managing Director.

Each quarter, appear one to two children – and youth books, and two cookbooks. If a book is going to thirty times sold, over it is good, says Pavkovic. Because in Braille printed books include a lot more pages. Alone, the praise of God consists of 13 volumes. “In the year, we sell between 300 and 400 books, and each month is 700 to 800 journals as well as various book for single orders.” The revenue is estimated at 120,000 euros. The other revenue are grants, especially from the sole shareholder, the German Catholic blind factory.