BOLDview Large Print Greeting Cards
From Book Mountain
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Reviewed by Rochelle Caviness
Greeting cards are as much of a part of everyday life as are bills, yet a greeting card is much more appreciated! For individuals with low vision, however, run of the mill greeting cards, while colorful, are often very hard to read. The reasons why many 'regular' cards can be hard to read can range from the text size being too small, to poor contrast between the text and the background colors.
Unfortunately, large print cards are very hard to come by in most retail stores. However there is a company, Book Mountain, that sells large print greeting cards that can be ordered via the internet, by mail, or you can phone in your order. At present, they have a limited selection of cards, but they are in the process of expanding their line of large print greeting cards. Currently, they offer Birthday, Anniversary, Get Well, and Mothers Day Cards. The pictures of their cards are grouped into categories, and these pictures can be reached by clicking on any of the links at the top of the page, such as the line titled: Birthday Cards.
Once you click on this link you will be taken to a page that shows colored pictures of all the large print Birthday Cards that Book Mountain sells. These pictures include not only the cover art, but also the interior sentiment. These pictures will give you an excellent idea of what the cards look like. The price of each card is listed after its picture, and there is an "Ordering Information" link after the last picture on each page.
The cards measure 8.5 inches wide by 5.5 inches high. Although large, these cards are still small enough to be mailed with one first class stamp (currently 37 cents). The text on all the cards is equally large, with the letters having an average height of about three quarters of an inch. Another nice feature of these cards is that they are printed on heavy weight paper that has a matte finished. This choice of paper makes for a strong card that will not bend if you hold it with one hand, and the matte finish helps to reduce glare.
To fully sighted individual these cards may seem to be a bit plain. Only two or three different colors are used in each card, and in most cases the text is printed in plain, bold, black letters. However, it is the very unadorned nature of these cards that helps to make them easy to read for people with low vision. Cards rich in graphics or written in a fancy script may be pretty, but they can also be impossible to read for many people with low vision. The BOLDview Large Print Greeting cards, are, I found, very easy to read. The text is bold, the contrast is good, and I really like that they are not printed on bright white, shinny paper. Personally, glare is a major problem for me when reading. In addition, the sentiments are sincere or funny, as is appropriate, and they get their message across succinctly.
This review was originally published - August 11, 2002