Digital Book Publishing Data and Insights

Worldreader believes in the power of technology to increase the reach and impact of local publishers in the regions where we operate. Our digital publishing initiatives have included supporting writing competitions like Short Story Day Africa and the Caine Prize and promoting the work of established and emerging African writers to readers around the world.

Top Book Genres Read on Worldreader Open Library

Fiction in the romance and classics genres and educational material are consistently among the most frequently opened titles in our library.

  • Kenya
  • Nigeria
  • Zimbabwe
  • India
  • All Countries

Data for March 2015

Caine Prize for African Writing Logo Short Story Day Africa Logo

Since its inception in 2000, the Caine Prize has stood for high calibre short fiction on the English African writing scene. Worldreader began partnering with the Caine Prize in 2012, placing four winning stories on Worldreader Open Library. Currently Worldreader Open Library has 10 Caine Prize stories in its library.

Since 2011, Short Story Day Africa has set aside the shortest day of the year (always in June) to celebrate African short story writing. Every day through June, as part of the Short Story Day celebrations, Short Story Day Africa puts up a story from a published writer online for anyone to read. Since 2013, every Short Story Day Africa story has also been published on Worldreader Open Library. Currently Worldreader Open Library has 46 Short Story Day Africa stories in its library.

Total PageViews in Short Story Day Africa & Caine Prize Books on Worldreader Open Library

80,140 PageViews160,431 PageViews159,796 PageViews55,125 PageViews30,457 PageViews46,002 PageViews41,170 PageViews45,578 PageViews48,896 PageViews129,746 PageViews49,696 PageViews56,486 PageViews100,311 PageViews63,356 PageViews152,188 PageViews41,774 PageViews37,638 PageViews39,186 PageViews19,783 PageViews

The specific titles analyzed include:

  • Clapping Hands for a Smiling Crocodile by Stanley Onjezani Kenani
  • To See the Mountain and Other Stories by Various
  • Bombay's Republic by Rotimi Babatunde
  • La Salle de Depart by Melissa Tandiwe Myambo
  • Jungfrau (2006 Caine Prize Winner) by Mary Watson
  • Monday Morning by Segun Afolabi
  • Weight of Whispers by Owuor, Yvonne Adhiambo
  • Miracle by Tope Folarin
  • The Museum by Leila Aboulela
  • Burning Woman by Michelle Preen
  • Choke by Jayne Bauling
  • Political Acquisition by Angella Sandra Namwase
  • Heaven Scent by Katherine Graham
  • This Ubuntu Thing by Jayne Bauling
  • Emotional Roller Coaster by Paul Kisakye
  • Leatherman by Diane Awerbuck
  • The Shadow by Emmeline Bisiikwa
  • Where is the Tenderness? by Greg Lazarus
  • Ponta do Ouro by Nick Mulgrew
  • The Burden of Conformity by John OYEWALE
  • Man to Man by Tiah Marie Beautement
  • Birthday Wishes by Lauri Kubuitsile
  • Replacement Theory by Cristy Zinn
  • Chicken by Efemia Chela
  • Mogadishu Maybe by Chukwuemeka Njoku
  • Black Coffee without Sugar by Lauri Kubuitsile
  • The Side Walk by Nassanga Rashidah Sarah
  • The Dibbuk by Manu Herbstein
  • True to Nothing by Mildred Apenyo
  • Freedom Street by Louis Ogbere
  • Frames - A Short Story with pictures by Mehul Gohil
  • Fizz Pops by Hamilton Wende
  • Of Love and Sisyphean Tasks by Kirabo Nora
  • A Chance Encounter With Jack Bormont by Robert Ssempande
  • 44 Boston Heights, Yeoville by Catherine Jarvis
  • Together by Kathryn Kazibwe
  • On Time by Achiro Patricia Olwoch
  • A Serving of Honey by Bryen Walter Kangwagye
  • The Broken Pot by Dilman Dila
  • Rib stitch by Diane Awerbuck
  • Choices in Danger by Emmanuel Ssebaggala
  • Foreign Aid by Arthur O Hollist
  • Ripe Mangoes by Blue Petal
  • Replacement Theory by Cristy Zinn
  • The House of the Apostate by Abdul-Malik Sibabalwe Oscar Masinyana
  • The Little Pink Book by JT Lawrence
  • My Father's Head by Okwiri Oduor
  • Hyena by Ramonez Ramirez
  • Chockie by Richard de Nooy
  • Butterflies come at Dawn by Solomon Manzi
  • Bloodline by Tarryn-Anne Anderson
  • I Know Who I am by Gloria Kembabazi
  • Looking by Beverley Nambozo Nsengiyunva
  • Picture Frame by Anthea Paelo
  • The Doorway by Alex Latimer
Where are these books most popular? These books are most popular in Nigeria, Zimbabwe, and Ethiopia. Click for more details.