Apps are a threat to reading? Think again…

It’s Libraries’ Week and Literature Works has led on the development of a new app for
readers in the South West, funded by Arts Council England and partners. The South West
Region of Readers app builds on SW libraries’ popular Reading Passport and takes the
reader on a journey, celebrating our region’s rich literary heritage. Users can –
– encounter specially chosen titles by South West writers
– earn stamps as you read the books on our digital shelves
– unlock places on your journey across the region from Cornwall to Gloucestershire
– create your own personal library
– join the conversation, posting your own book reviews and creative writing
– find events in your local library throughout the year
– join a Shared Reading Group close to you
– discover author and poetry events across the South West.

The benefits and enjoyment of reading are wide-ranging and proven to support health and
personal wellbeing.

The app is available here from the App store and Play Store platforms.

The Region of Readers app is delivered by a partnership of organisations committed to
reading and readers in the South West: six library services in South West England, Literature
Works (the literature development agency for the region), and SWRLS (the South Western
Regional Library Services CIO).

Helen Chaloner (CEO of Literature Works) and Medi Bernard (Bournemouth & Poole
Libraries) said “The app, the curated reading list and the library events in the South West will
be exciting for readers to explore. Working together, libraries and Literature Works will
continue to support literature. We invite readers across the region to join in.”