ERÇİFÇİ’S AUDIO BOOKS
The books are entering into the imaginary world of the visually impaired with the voice of Aytunç Erçifçi, Research Assistant at IUE Faculty of Communication, Department of Public Relations and Advertising. Erçifçi, who worked in a project on audio books for the visually impaired during his undergraduate study, continues to support them individually as an academician by narrating audio books. Erçifçi, who narrated Mehmed Uzun’s Yaşlı Rind’in Ölümü (The Death of Old Rind), Arthur Schopenhauer’s The World as Will and Representation, and George Bataille’s Blue of Noon, said, “The more the variety, the more the benefits are.”
Erçifçi, who took part in “Konuşan Kitaplar” (Talking Books) Project of Ege University in 2013, reported that he narrated 10 books in 2 years and those books were donated to the National Library. “I continue with my individual studies. After the completion of the project, İlkay Erden, who has visual impairment, motivated and supported me to do an individual project. I recently finished narrating George Bataille’s Blue of Noon, it is being editing as we speak. After that I am planning on narrating Cevat Şakir Kabaağaçlı’s (known as "the Fisherman of Halicarnassus") ‘Merhaba Anadolu’ book,” said Erçifçi.
‘Do What You Can’
Erçifçi said that he would donate the books he narrated to GETEM (Technology Laboratory for the Visually Impaired) of Bosporus University, and he planned on narrating 10 books a year. Erçifçi stated that those who are interested in reading books for the visually impaired can get detailed information on GETEM’s website or from centers of the visually impaired. He stated the following:
“I believe that any kind of book can be read. The fact that a person has visual impairment does not change the reality that they may have different tastes on books or they may pursue different types of books. I think that I am doing something worthwhile and beneficial when I am narrating books. I am doing something I enjoy. Books expand our imagination. I get happy when I contribute like this. If 100 people volunteer to do this and narrate 10 books a year, it makes 1000 books. People should avoid the thought pattern ‘How is reading one book going to help’. Everybody should do their best to help out.”
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