Croatia has become a free reading zone (FREZ). The Free Reading Zone initiative aims to spread reading and culture by providing access to reading at no cost – and with no limitations. The Zones can be any size – from a building, to a city or – as in the case of Croatia – an entire country.
"It’s not just about saving money. It’s about making culture and knowledge prevalent, about closing the digital divide, and about allowing the people to enjoy the fruits of the digital revolution."
Anyone in Croatia can now download an app called Croatia Reads, which is powered by Total Boox. This means that citizens and visitors to Croatia can benefit from the initiative. Readers can access 100,000 titles published by 250 participating publishers.
The works include fiction and non-fiction and range from popular fiction to academic and professional works. Publishers participating in the project include Lonely Planet, Oxford University Press, Elsevier, New World Library and O'Reilly.