Reading in The Mobile Era
Book shortages continue to represent a significant obstacle to literacy, worldwide. Common in areas where books are scarce, inexpensive mobile phones can bring reading material to all. UNESCO study shows effectiveness of mobile phones in promoting reading and literacy in developing countries.
The Reading in The Mobile Era Infographic shows how mobile technology can advance literacy and learning in underserved communities around the world.
Millions of people do not read for one reason: they do not have access to text. But today mobile phones and cellular networks are transforming a scarce resource into an abundant one.
Drawing on the analysis of over 4,000 surveys collected in seven developing countries and corresponding qualitative interviews, this report paints the most detailed picture to date of who reads books and stories on mobile devices and why.
The findings illuminate, for the first time, the habits, beliefs and profiles of mobile readers. This information points to strategies to expand mobile reading and, by extension, the educational, social and economic benefits associated with increased reading.
Mobile technology can advance literacy and learning in underserved communities around the world. The Reading in the mobile era: A study of mobile reading in developing countries report shows how.