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.”