Bambooks, a reading subscription organization has introduced a new mobile application that will encourage users to read an infinite numbers of books on their platform.
The app which is in form of a mobile app and a web application, will enhance mobility as users will be able to access the platform through their phones, laptops, tablet at any time in any place as long as they have a valid subscription.
The founder and Chief Executive Officer, Bambooks, Ugo Okoye in his speech at a cocktail party to reveal the app in Lagos over the weekend, explained that the need to present the app was mainly to empower African authors and writers by creating a place for the African/Nigerian reading space.
Okoye explained that most of the reading platforms available on the internet are focused majorly on international authors, American and European authors such as amazon, iBook among others. But none is available for African, hence the need to create one. “So we saw a niche there and we decided to talk to authors and some of their associations.”
While speaking on the type of books on its platform, he said “Africans have talents for writing, but haven’t been discovered. There are self-help books, entrepreneurial books.
The scope is extremely wide, we have philosophy, science and technology, leadership, time and money management books. We try to cover as much as possible fashion, home, beauty and travel. We want to have as much variety as possible books on our app.”
Speaking on traffic, he said: “We are still growing. The time that we launched our web application, which was around February, we started tracking our registration and consumption. Today we are about 20,000 registered users. However, we expect this to get to a 100,000 by the next few months with the relaunch of the app. The 20,000 was like a case study and pilot to study and learn with the last eight months that we launched the app to know the kind of books people want, features they want to see in an app and we look at other world-class application and we feel like our app is just on the same level as they have. It is also user friendly on IOS and android. We have about a 1000 books right now. One of the key problems we are solving is piracy.”