A fascinating article in the Christian Science Monitor about the promotion and increased access to literature in Africa through cell phones. This is a concept we have been exploring at the Foundation, as a way to encourage people to read who aren’t near, or aren’t inclined to visit libraries.
I was blown away to learn that mobile Internet accounts for over half of all web traffic in many African countries, though I am not surprised to learn that Kenyans devour hundreds of pages of text via their mobile phones.
The next step is the development of a literature app for mobile phones to make this easier – as these are not smart phones but basic handheld mobiles. I am anticipating that this is a development that will will consider adding to our library model when it is ready.