Stock update

Unfortunately, due to the current situation in India and the impact of COVID-19 on the supply chain we regret to inform you that we're currently unable to obtain stock until late July. We apologise for any inconvenience.


The Orbit Reader 20 is portable and features 20 refreshable eight-dot braille cells. It offers reading books via SD card, simple note-taking, Bluetooth and USB connectivity. 

As a stand-alone device, you can read content stored on an SD card that simply inserts into the back of the unit. Prepare and download your pre-translated materials as brf, brl or txt files and transfer them to the SD card provided. Use any braille code, in any language and of any genre including music, maths, or your favourite book. 

The Orbit Reader 20 from RNIB comes with pre-installed content, including a variety of books and a searchable Oxford English Dictionary. 

Use Bluetooth to connect to your Apple, Android or Kindle device and access a world of books through reading apps such as Kindle®, Adobe Digital Editions® or iBooks®. The translation into braille is performed by your device's screen reader to give you a quick braille output on your Orbit Reader 20.

Please note, on Orbit Readers shipped before 19 June 2019, firmware can only be upgraded on a machine running the Windows operating system. Please call our Helpline to speak to a Technology for Life advisor who can explain the upgrade procedure, or put you in touch with a local volunteer who may be able to help.


  • 20 refreshable eight-dot braille cells; pins represent any six- or eight-dot braille code.
  • Eight braille input keys and space bar and two panning control bars.
  • Five-way arrow and select control keys; navigation commands let you easily move around books and magazines.
  • SD card; pre-installed with a selection of books when purchased from RNIB.
  • Reads content of files on an SD card for stand-alone operation.
  • Connects to computers and portable devices via USB or Bluetooth for use with a screen reader.
  • Simple note-taking capability.
  • Micro-B USB charging/communication port.


  • Dimensions (width depth height): 168mm x 112mm x 35.56mm (6.61 x 4.41 x 1.4 inches).
  • Weight: 450grams (0.99lb).

Further information

You can find answers to Frequently Asked Questions on the Orbit Research website. The Orbit Reader 20 support page hosts the most current version of the firmware and user manual and other supporting documents and information.

RNIB Connect

RNIB Connect brings people together (locally, regionally and nationally) with similar experiences, interests or identities to share information, knowledge and skills. You’ll receive support and encouragement to both organise and access local activities and events. Connect strengthens the voices of blind and partially sighted people in campaigning for change. Being an RNIB Connect member enables a deeper relationship with RNIB to influence and support what we do and how we do it. 

If you're not already an RNIB Connect member, you can sign up when you order to receive the discounted member price for this product; simply call our Helpline on 0303 123 9999.

The Orbit will arrive with a Quick Start Guide in braille (Grade 2) and a Quick Start Guide in print, the full instructions will also be on the SD card which will be in the machine. 

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