Pint-sized phone book hard on the eyes of the old

FINE PRINT: Elaine Provost from Worrigee struggles to read the new smaller size phone book and is concerned others will have the same problem.THE new look White and Yellow Pages book for 2012/13 was designed to be lighter and easier to handle, however for many older folk or those with vision difficulties, the smaller size has meant a reduction in readability.Shoalhaven Senior Citizens volunteer Elaine Provost from Worrigee said she would need a magnifying glass to read the compact-sized book.“Anyone with bad eyes would have trouble with it,” she said.Shoalhaven Senior Citizens president Margaret King said many of their members would have difficulty with the new size.“Many can’t get onto computers or wouldn’t have the net. I have no computer, so what do you do if you can’t read the phone book,” she said.Ms Provost said she used the phone book a number of times a week.“I’m always looking for a business number, I’d be lost without it,” she said.Sensis executive general manager Carl Rigoni said the smaller book was produced as the company believed “most people prefer a book that is lighter and easier to handle, but in order to publish a book in this format we need to alter the font size”.Due to customer feedback, however, Sensis will change regional editions of the phone directory back to the larger format next year.Mr Rigoni said Sensis would conduct ongoing research to find a format for the directories that balanced comprehensive content with format and font size.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.