eKitabu Cloud Reader and App
USABILITY/STATUS: In Use
GEOGRAPHIC FOCUS: Africa
SOLUTION TYPE: Digital Library
The eKitabu Android app is a multifaceted e-book reader. Users can easily add EPUB books from a device or online feeds. The eKitabu e-reader has a clean viewer that allows users to set text size, change themes, bookmark pages, highlight text, and add notes to a page or selected text.
- Operating system: Android, Windows
- Hardware: Tablet, smartphone, computer
- Connectivity: Online, offline
- Accessibility features: Customize text size, change themes, bookmark pages, highlight text, add notes to a page or selected text; view sign language video, audio, subtitles
- Accessories needed for use: Charger/solar charger, HDMI connector cable, speakers, headphones
How it supports learning: The eKitabu app provides individual or group access to digital books with accessibility features on any device. In one project, teachers with a tablet can select books for children in their class to read individually, in pairs, or in a large group with a projector. Parents can download the app on their smartphones and read with their children, regardless of literacy level, language, or disability.
Costs: Free to use; free general training available via this news story on eKitabu’s website.
Additional cost considerations: Devices to access the app, Internet and SD cards required to use the app and/or view/share books
Settings: Home, school, community
Target Populations: Teachers, parents, children, project implementers
Current Language(s): English/Kiswahili
In Rwanda, eKitabu customized its e-reader applications for Android and Windows to perform on devices that were distributed to schools. The devices were loaded with accessible digital books that featured recorded audio, produced sign language, offered e-braille adaptations, and incorporated other accessible features.
Related Training Materials, Toolkits, and Resources
eKitabu App Participants Handout
Guides and Toolkits
Accessible EPUB Toolkit