Why Talking Books? 

For people in developing countries, access to knowledge can transform lives.

Development agencies struggle to reach and serve the most remote and marginalized rural communities with access to information.

At the same time, they also lack an adequate understanding of each community's specific needs. There are too many villages, too far apart — and too many barriers. Challenges include poor road conditions, illiteracy, gender inequities, unreliable electricity and internet, and expensive mobile data.

But access to knowledge impacts food security, health, income, and more.

773 million

adults and youth lack basic literacy skills 

940 million

people live without electricity 

635+ million

adults in low and middle-income countries don't have mobile phones—including 400 million women

1B+ women

don't use mobile internet because of cost, illiteracy, safety and security, and other barriers

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How do we bridge the knowledge gap?

The Amplio Talking Book overcomes the barriers in remote rural communities. It's recognized by UNESCO as an inclusive digital solution for low-literate adults and youth, including women and girls—and the knowledge sharing goes both ways.

The Talking Book advantage 

  • Designed for illiterate users 

  • Works without electricity or internet

  • Delivers hours of content on-demand 

  • Collects usage data for program monitoring 

  • Records and elevates community voices

  • Provides access to women and marginalized groups


“The best technologies meet women where they are, and the Amplio Talking Book is at the top of my list. It addresses all the constraints that women face, be it literacy, cost, safety, security, or relevance."


Revi Sterling, Director, USAID’s WomenConnect Challenge

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Help share knowledge and transform lives.

Millions of people lack basic literacy skills and access to information. Together, we can reach them. Help share knowledge to empower vulnerable communities.