Millions of people do not read for one reason: they do not have access to text. But today mobile phones and cellular networks are transforming a scarce resource into an abundant one. In this short video, author Mark West explains how a new UNESCO report draws on the analysis of over 4,000 surveys collected in seven developing countries and corresponding qualitative interviews, and paints the most detailed picture to date of who reads books and stories on mobile devices and why. The findings illuminate, for the first time, the habits, beliefs and profiles of mobile readers. This information points to strategies to expand mobile reading and, by extension, the educational, social and economic benefits associated with increased reading. Mobile technology can advance literacy and learning in underserved communities around the world and this report shows how.
A full version of the report can be downloaded via our document library.