The Association of Scottish Talking Newspapers (ASTN), previously known as the "Scottish Talking Newspaper Group", was formed in 1988.

The main objective of ASTN is to help people who cannot read newspapers and magazines, whether due to sight problems or other physical cause which makes reading a strain. To achieve this aim, ASTN offers help and guidance to the organisers of the Scottish Talking Newspapers.

A Talking Newspaper (TN) is a recording of news and features being read aloud. TNs are distributed mainly, but not exclusively, to blind and partially-sighted people, usually free of charge. Thanks to the Articles for the Blind regulations, even the postage is free to people who are registered blind or partially-sighted.

Where the need is identified, ASTN stimulates development of new TNs, providing training and guidance.

If you are just visiting, please feel free to browse.  If you are a TN Volunteer, please log-in for information on running a TN or to update your details.

TechyTalk 2020 will be held on Saturday 14 March.

The main theme will be 'Internet Presence' and we will be launching an exciting new service which will allow all Scottish TNs to upload their content to the ASTN server and for their listeners to access this on Smart Phones, Tablets and PCs.

We have circulated details to all member TNs but for a sneak preview of the service login to your personal account and go to TN Audio Player. Full details of TechyTalk 2020 available in Member Events.