How Our Library Works
Library For All’s cloud-based, digital library platform is designed for use in low-bandwidth environments and optimised for offline reading.
Our platform is designed for a variety of low-cost devices, such as tablets, mobile phones and PCs.
Our digital library tracks user demographics, number of books read and number of pages turned. These analytics help us to improve the content and user-experience of the Library.
Library For All does not provide hardware, but works in collaboration, tapping into the expert knowledge of development organisations, educators and community representatives to identify devices that exist in-country and customise our platform accordingly.
Growing our collection
Sourcing the authors
Our library books are created by volunteers, experienced authors and in-country projects. We work with educators and development organisations to run writers' workshops around the world. This ensures our educational content is relevant to local readers. We believe young readers deserve books that mirror their life experiences, enhancing their interest in reading and storytelling.
Editing our books
The stories sourced from our worldwide pool of authors are edited by Library For All to ensure the content is high-quality, interesting to young readers, and relevant to local educational curriculum needs. Each book will also be shown to an expert advisory panel with knowledge of local cultures and extensive publishing industry experience.
Matching with illustrators
When the story text is ready for publication, we match it with an illustrator, photographer or picture researcher to bring out the best in the words with colourful, engaging imagery.
Creating an epub
Our books are produced in several formats. We ask our digital publishing teams to create beautifully-designed epubs for use in our Library For All app, as well as low-tech versions for potential printing in classrooms. We meet the needs of the world's most remote small schools, libraries or community spaces and ensure our library reaches them in a format they can access.
Our technical development team conducts rigorous 'QA testing' of every book before it becomes part of our library. Technical frustrations should not impede people's desire to read, so our books are checked for download speed, image quality and readability.
Adding it to our library
Finally, we take great pride in adding completed books to our library 'back end', which then makes them available to ALL via our app. Users can search by language, topic of interest or reading level, using any Android device. We do not specialise in hardware, but we do work with experts on the ground in communities to integrate our library into class sets of devices or print-on-demand copies.
Along with books from our unique, in-house publishing program, our library in each country includes content licensed or donated from:
• Major international publishers
• Local publishers
• NGOs & governments
• Open Educational Resources
We believe that opening access to educational resources is key to development and, when permissions allow, we will contribute any content or translations generated by our staff and community as open educational resources under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license.
Library For All has partnered with leading distributors to deliver publisher content to our readers in a secure, automated fashion. We protect IP through a digital rights management (DRM) system, so international publishers can distribute their content freely on the Library without fear of piracy. The Library includes a publisher portal, and an analytics system for gathering reader data and monitoring effectiveness long-term. Since our Library is cloud-based, a publisher can add to, delete or update the settings on a single book or an entire list of books in our Library at any time.