|Kenya National Library officials, young students, and Worldreader staff at the launch of the LEAP 2.0 Report|
Worldreader’s electronic library consists of 42,233 African and international book titles in 43 languages, including Kiswahili, Hausa, Arabic, English and Hindi. The library can be accessed through Worldreader-branded e-reading devices or through the Worldreader mobile phone app which is freely available from Google PlayStore. ‘Featured books’ in the library currently include The Angel of Mexico City by Aminatta Forna, The Girl With the Magic Hands by Nnedi Okorafor, Zvakwana by Sarah Ladipo Manyika, Grandmother’s Winning Smile by Stanley Gazemba, The Ghost of Sani Abacha by Chuma Nwokolo and The Baobabs of Tete by Kari Dako. Thus far, over 6 million people from 50 countries have read from the digital library. Worldreader collaborates with device manufacturers, local and international publishers, government agencies, education officials, and local communities in order to boost reading worldwide.
- Building patrons’ technological skills
- Improving literacy skills through reading
- Attracting different age groups to the library
- Building a reading culture at the library
- Saving time lost during manual book identification processes
- Enhancing the library’s public profile
Juliana Muchai, Principal Resource Mobilization Officer at knls
‘Harnessing the power of libraries’: Schools were the biggest responders to digital devices in libraries.
Kaltuma Salma, head librarian at knls Buruburu
A section of the audience
|Lawrence Njagi, Chairman of the Kenya Publishers Association|
|‘There was lack of data connectivity in some areas’|
- Inadequate number of devices
- Lack of data connectivity (phones, network) in some areas
- Data collection (Handwritten, entry time, self reported)
- Device allocation
- Some resistance to technology
- Need for more resources to support outreach programs
- Increased library patronage (by over 60%) and outreach programs by over 80%.
- Acquisition of over 3,000 devices
- Acquisition of close to 1M e-books
- Out of the success, partners bought additional devices for some branches (Kibera, Meru & Isiolo)
- Loss or damage of the devices was extremely low: 98.5% of the devices were fully functional which translates to a breakage/damage rate of just 1.5%.
- 178% increase in library patronage
- Over 20,000 patrons reached through e-reading
- 254 library-related community events
- 84% of patrons reported increased reading habits
- 79,302 school readers have been reached by Worldreader since 2010
- 31, 326 e-readers have been deployed
- 5,340,511 e-books have been delivered
- In 2017 alone, readers spent 29 million hours reading content on Worldreaders’ mobile phone library and e-readers. This is the equivalent of reading Tolstoy’s voluminous masterpiece, War & Peace, 900,000 times over!
- Worldreader has thus far distributed USD $1.5 million to more than 400 publishers around the world for digital rights, boosting local publishing ecosystem and cultures.
|Joan Mwachi displays the next-generation of e-reading technology|
|Richard Atuti, knls Director|
|The launch meeting took place at the Sarova Panafric, Nairobi|
|Delegates arriving at the venue|
|Joan Mwachi, Worldreader’ East Africa Director displays a copy of the LEAP 2.0 Report|
|Sejal Shah, Worldreader Board Chair, Kenya makes some remarks|
|Some of the delegates|
|Perusing the report|
|L – R: Richard Atuti, Joan Mwachi, Sam Madoka|
|L – R: Sam Madoka, Sejal Shah, Joan Mwachi, Richard Atuti|
|Worldreader Kenya staff members|