May 17, 2022

Literacy: Worldreader 2019 (Top Books Read By Worldreaders, Year-End Statistics)

From The Literacy Ledger Blog:

In 2019, over two million people read books from the Worldreader library on their mobile phones. In total these readers accessed a whopping 6,536,667 books!

These readers were scattered around the globe and read books in 52 different languages, from English and Arabic to Kiswahili, and Hindi.

In some countries, we were excited to see particularly large spikes in the number of readers in comparison to last year. For example, our readership grew by 36% in Ethiopia, 55% in Burundi, and by 13% in both Sierra Leone and Malawi.

Reaching more readers with Opera

88% of our mobile readers in 2019 accessed our library via the Opera Mini browser. Since 2015, Opera has featured Worldreader’s library as a bookmark on the Opera Mini browser, giving millions more readers access to a digital library at their fingertips.


While smartphones are becoming increasingly affordable and widely available, their rates of penetration are still low in many developing countries. There are 1.3 billion feature phone users, most of them in Asia and Africa. This explains why over half of our mobile readers in 2019 accessed the Worldreader digital library via their feature phones.

The remainder of the WorldReader post includes the top books read by Worldreaders during 2019 in these categories:

  • Children’s Books
  • Young Adult Books
  • Life and Career Skills Books
  • Inspiring Books

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About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.