Cell phones in developing countries encourage "reading without books"

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© Worldreader, A Masai girl, wearing traditional beaded jewelery, reads on a low-end Android phone, Kenya. UNESCO@PHOTO

People in the developing world are using their mobile devices to read full length books and stories, according to a new report by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

The report, Reading in the Mobile Era, found that printed material is a scarce resource that is very difficult to distribute in remote areas.

However, mobile devices have penetrated these areas. The United Nations estimates that about 6 billion people access to a working mobile device of some sort.

Mark West, project officer of UNESCO's mobile learning team, explained to Roni Amelan why people in developing countries are "reading without books".

Duration: 3’40″

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