Start-up company, Bambooks has launched a digital library geared towards providing unlimited access to books for Nigerians.
During a press conference held recently, Bambooks founder and CEO, Ugo Okoye, said, “Bambooks will not only entertain and educate people but also improve literacy levels, break the cycle of poverty and create a better future for Nigerians.”
According to the company the digital library offers users access to thousands of eBooks, magazines and comics from any internet connected device including mobile phones, tablets and computers. From romantic fiction to entrepreneurship, self-help, religious, and educational books, there’s something for every reader. Users simply go to the website (www.bambooks.io) or download the Bambooks mobile app from the Google Play store or App Store for free and sign up to start reading.
Bambooks seeks to empower local authors to distribute and monetise their craft across Nigeria and the continent. Distribution of physical books is a major challenge in Nigeria with little or no bookstores and libraries across major cities in the country. These infrastructure problems lead to low literacy levels and poor reading habits as many Nigerians don’t have the resources to travel long distances or buy physical books at prices way above their purchasing power. The scarcity of books also fuels the increasing trends of piracy with annual revenue losses to legitimate content owners running to the hundreds of millions of naira. Bambooks solves all these problems through their digital publishing platform and hopes to inspire a new generation of writers and content creators.
There is a myth that says Africans do not read and if you want to hide something from an African, put it in a book. Bambooks, is out to prove that these statements are indeed false and that Africans (especially Nigerians) love reading books by local and international authors.