Over 1 billion non-smartphone users can have access to free e-books through Worldreader's new platform.

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.

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