Photo courtesy of Abhishek Anupam
Mobile Phones as E-Readers
For the first time ever, millions of folks in the developing world have access to a library of books using a device they already own: their mobile phone. With its application for feature and android phones, Worldreader is turning on its head the notion that reading e-books requires an e-reader, tablet or smart phone.
In order to achieve this ground-breaking feat, Worldreader has partnered with biNu, an App developer based in Sydney. biNu’s patented technology delivers a smart phone like experience to low end feature phones— enabling millions of people in the world’s poorest places access to Facebook, Twitter, Local News, Google—and, now, Worldreader Mobile.
To give you an idea of the enormous scope and potential: feature phones are the largest segment of the global mobile market, with over 60% of the global mobile market share with over 5 billion mobile subscribers. Worldreader Mobile is on 4.5 million phones, mostly in Asia and Africa, and we hope to reach 10 million by the end of 2013.
Books and Stories on Worldreader Mobile
Currently Worldreader Mobile allows readers to choose from thousands of books and stories including public domain classics such as Pride and Prejudice and A Tale of Two Cities as well as contemporary fiction from around the world.
Worldreader Mobile features dozens of short stories – quick reads folks can devour whilst on the bus or matatu. And because short stories are a great way to hook new readers, we hope to uncover millions of new bookworms. Folks can enjoy steamy love stories from Nigeria, exciting adventure capers from South Africa as well as short folktales and fables from all over Africa and Asia.
Worldreader Mobile also features pertinent and potentially life-saving information on HIV/AIDS, malaria and other important health issues. Worldreader is forging partnerships with international health organizations to continue to bring valuable health information to our readers.
What the press has to say about Worldreader Mobile:
“Worldreader Mobile is interesting, you cannot get bored. I like to read novels(bestsellers) and current affairs.” –Kim Rotich, Worldreader Mobile user and avid book reader
Interested in putting your material on Worldreader Mobile?
If you are an author or publisher interested in getting your books or short stories on Worldreader Mobile, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Click on the below image to run the emulator.
To download and access the app from your android or java mobile phone, click the button below or use your phone to navigate to: m.binu.comDownload Worldreader Mobile via biNu
biNu and Worldreader Mobile work on almost any screen size on virtually any device running Java, Android or Blackberry. Almost any java phone manufactured after 2002 will run biNu and Worldreader Mobile.