Monthly Archives: March 2015

Related: LibraryCity’s in-depth explanation of the cell phone book club concept.


I love the Little Free Library movement where neighbors put up wooden boxes full of paper books to share.

Now here’s another grassroots possibility—cell phone book clubs that you could start for your public library, school, neighborhood, workplace, traditional book club, place of worship, sports team or other purposes.

What’s a cell phone book club, minus any extras?

It’s just a way for phone owners with shared passions to work out the technical details, discover and enjoy books on their phones, discuss the books together, and perhaps get guidance from librarians or teachers (earlier thoughts  here).

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Home screen of the $20 cell phoneGet the lowdown from LibraryCity’s main site. Psst! Just about all the tips that work on a $20 phone will also work on a much-better $30 one. Excerpt:

“With poverty rates so high among racial minorities and young families with children, low-end smartphones might be a way to bring e-books to many low-income people in America and elsewhere, including the U.K., where so many libraries have closed.

“The trick is to awaken librarians, tech-savvy volunteers and nonprofits to the possibilities, in terms of training and motivation and the creation of community groups to promote smartphone technology for literacy and self-improvement.

“If many of the local poor already own smartphones, terrific! But either they or others will still need to install the right e-reading software and attend to other matters.”