Armenian iBooks Initiative Brings Literature to the Little Screen

YEREVAN — Associate professors from Yerevan State University, Dr. Ruben Mirakyan and Dr. Marat Yavrumyan, were concerned when, working closely with youth on a daily basis, they observed directly the continual trend towards diminishing literacy and decreased interest towards reading. Concerned that Armenia, once one of the most literate countries in the world, has recently lost its position and that reading has become more an educational obligation rather than an intellectual pastime, the professors decided to seek a remedy. Looking for the reasons and issues behind the problem of decreased readership and seeing how technology comes to occupy the lives of the youth, the professors decided to combine the two. Thus, they established the Armenian iBook Initiative in November of 2012.

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