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Ebooks distribution platform Snapplify is venturing into rural areas with the SnappBox distribution hardware solution. The hardware is built especially for rural schools that do not have internet. The technology allows textbooks to be preloaded onto the SnappBox, which can then be shared via intranet in the schools.
The SnappBox makes it easier for students and educators to access textbooks and share their own academic materials, which are all synchronised to the cloud. It also allows for eBooks to be downloaded from the internet once, and thereafter shared via the schools’ intranet systems.
Schools with internet can download ebooks but the SnappBox can preloaded with thousands of ebooks for those who do not have access.
The SnappBox is also aimed at foreign markets that have the same diverse education landscape as South Africa. Publishers of academic books can, for instance, use Snappbox to get their ebooks to students in areas with limited internet access.