But first, let’s look at those people who don’t read because, for example, they didn’t graduate high school or struggled to learn English. Digital Binding not only simplifies the reading process, it reinforces the messages behind what is otherwise just a jumble of confusing text.
“My fondest memories as a little boy were those evenings my mom would sit me down and read to me,” says Digital Binding inventor and Read Access managing member Alan Freeman. “Would I have had those wonderful experiences if Mom just wasn’t interested in reading?”
Meanwhile, illiteracy throughout the world remains an epidemic. Nearly 800 million adults are illiterate, according to UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Some would view that figure as an enormous, hopeless problem.
Alan Freeman sees it as an enormous opportunity for hope.
“Read Access can’t take this on alone,” says a hopeful Alan. “We need partners in our fight against illiteracy. Even if you’re just looking for an educational solution or a way to market your novel, a partnership with Read Access means more people reading.”
“And that means a better place for all of us.”
People need to read.
In a culture that values the latest technology so much, the “analog” book, with all the knowledge therein, has fallen by the wayside.
According to a recent study by the U.S. Institute of Education Sciences, more than 40 percent of Americans are reading the printed word at basic or below basic levels. Just over half of them faced challenges reading due to socioeconomic factors. For the rest, we’re guessing, it’s just due to a lack of interest.