Kathalaya setup a new publishing branch called “WeRead” to cater to the young adult and adult demography, publishing popular literature and youth oriented books. With the success of two earlier publications in these genres – motivational book “Take the Lead” / “अघि बढौँ” by Anil Chitrakar and novel for young adults “Monica: Pieces of Perfect” by Shiwani Neupane, Kathalaya introduced WeRead as an imprint in May of 2014 with its first title “विश्व टवान्टि-२० क्रीकेटका सारथिहरु” by Jagadishwor Pandey.
Kathalaya has released the first e-book reader application of Nepal – “WeRead app”. This Android and iOS based application is the first of its kind in the Nepalese market created to promote Nepali books, authors and publishers in and outside of Nepal. The app will feature books by Nepali writers and publishers in Nepali, English and other regional languages supported by the Devnagari script. WeRead app is currently available on Android and iOS platform based mobile devices and tabs. A special version for PCs and laptops to promote ‘e-library’ will be available in a couple of months. The app is developed by Vogue Nepal Studio.
As publishers, we feel it is important to recognize and expand the Nepali readership as best we can by promoting deserving writers and other publishers. WeRead app is an attempt to digitize Nepal’s literary works to make it accessible all over Nepal and the international market. This will also be the platform for publishers to make new releases instantly accessible to Nepali readers all over the world. We are certain that this effort will help Nepali literature grow and flourish beyond Nepal’s boundaries.
The app is available for mobile devices using the Android and iOS platforms. The following are some features of the app.