Reading revolution in developing countries

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It’s quite interesting to see how mobile devices influence on our reading style. For hunderds of years paper books was a symbol of reading.

Not only in the west but mobile are also changing the way of reading in developing countries also. Very interesting research has been done on mobile reading.

Nearly 5,000 people in seven countries Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan and Zimbabwe took part in the research, the largest study of its kind to date, which found that 62% of respondents are reading more, now they can read on their mobile phones. One in three said they read to children from their mobile phones, and 90% of respondents said they would be spending more time reading on their mobile phones in the next year.

The study, says Unesco in its report, found that “people read more when they read on mobile devices, that they enjoy reading more, and that people commonly read books and stories to children from mobile devices”.

“The study shows that mobile reading represents a promising, if still underutilised, pathway to text,” says the report, for which Unesco partnered with Worldreader a global not-for-profit organisation that works to bring digital books to readers around the world and Nokia. “It is not hyperbole to suggest that if every person on the planet understood that his or her mobile phone could be transformed easily and cheaply into a library brimming with books, access to text would cease to be such a daunting hurdle to literacy.”

The report’s author Mark West said that the key conclusion from the study was that “mobile devices can help people develop, sustain and enhance their literacy skills”.

“This is important because literacy opens the door to life-changing opportunities and benefits,” said West.

 

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