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Lo-Fi eReader App Brings Digital Books To The Developing World

Lo-Fi eReader App Brings Digital Books To The Developing World
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Over 1 billion non-smartphone users can have access to free e-books through Worldreader's new platform.

Don Michael Acelar De Leon
  • 9 april 2012

Since its inception in 2009, American literary non-profit organization Worldreader has shared over 75,000 e-books to underprivileged students in sub-Saharan Africa in line with their vision of providing books to as many people as possible through new technology. Their recent efforts now highlight a special e-reading app designed specifically for non-smartphones or Javascript-enabled “feature phones.”

In an effort to reach out to roughly 80% of the population of numerous African countries who own a feature phone, Worldreader capitalized on using feature phone technology by launching the Worldreader beta app. Worldreader Beta can be accessed via biNu, an app that essentially turns a feature phone into a smartphone by enabling access to Google, Facebook, Twitter, and other compatible sites through cloud-based data compression technology. With the Worldreader app on feature phones, users can have access to a wide variety of e-books for free, including books by African publishers that Worldreader is converting into digital format.

Elizabeth Wood, Worldreader director of digital publishing, explains how the Worldreader app works in the video below:

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