Talking Book Features

The Talking Book is an audio device designed to help development organizations, governments, and businesses share knowledge on-demand with people who are cut off from traditional sources of information.

The Talking Book is customizable and interactive; it receives feedback and questions from users, and records usage statistics so that organizations can improve their messages, reach more people, and have greater impact.


Common Challenges and Talking Book Solutions

People who lack literacy cannot read materials or take notes on the information they hear from extension workers, mobile audio messages, or radio broadcasts. As a result, much of the content is forgotten.

The Talking Book provides memorable, engaging audio messages that can be replayed without additional cost.

Mobile phones require usage fees for every minute of access, which makes repeated listening costly.

The Talking Book provides memorable, engaging audio messages that can be replayed without additional cost.

Sending issue-area experts to remote villages is expensive and often not feasible.

Multiple expert recordings are available on-demand for every listener.

Radio programs cannot “learn” from users, nor can they produce reports for regular monitoring of programs.

The Talking Book collects user feedback and usage statistics for regular reporting.

For people who are not accustomed to using technology, many products are too complex and intimidating.

Our technology is designed with simple buttons and local-language audio to make learning easy.

People in remote areas of the same country speak different languages and dialects.

We ensure each community receives audio messages spoken in their local dialect.

Many remote rural communities have weak mobile networks and no broadband.

The Talking Book stores audio recordings to make messages available anywhere.

Keeping mobile phones charged is challenging in areas with no electricity.

The Talking Book can be powered by locally available, inexpensive batteries; no charging required.

200 million fewer women than men own a mobile phone, so knowledge delivered via mobile risks widening the gender education gap.

We make sure Talking Books get to the people and communities who need it most, with a focused effort on women.

Learning is social. Streaming information directly into one person’s ear does not have the same impact as introducing ideas for group discussion and learning.

The Talking Book has a loudspeaker that allows groups of people to listen together. Users can pause the audio and discuss topics as they come up.

Talking Book Analysis and Evaluation

The Talking Book records all usage statistics, which are then uploaded to our dashboard tool. In this way, our partners can confirm message delivery, how often it was played to, and how that compares to the performance of other content. They can also see how often it was played in other communities.