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What Worldreaders are Reading in 2016

June 22, 2016 By

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Worldreader is all about reading.  And the more we expand our collection of digital books, the more broadly people read. Each month, about 300,000 people read books on our mobile phone apps and another 100,000 people– primarily school-age students– read books on our e-readers.  When we first started, our collection numbered in the hundreds of … Continue Reading →

Top 5 Moments from Our 2016 Digital Reading Summits

May 27, 2016 By

Attendees at the Digital Reading Summits

Six years ago we had a big idea. We believed that digital technology could empower millions of readers around the world. We decided to test this idea. We approached publishers, government officials, teachers and communities asking them to give digital reading a chance. And they did. Today, the same stakeholders are experiencing the impact of … Continue Reading →

Kenya Libraries Go Digital!

April 25, 2016 By

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Today, and just in time for World Book Day, we’ve got big news to share about our work in libraries. We’re thrilled to announce the launch of LEAP 2.0 (Libraries, E-Reading, Activities, Partnerships) in partnership with Kenya National Library Service (knls). LEAP 2.0 will bring digital reading to all 61 public libraries in Kenya with … Continue Reading →

The Digital Reading Summit is Back!

April 6, 2016 By

Worldreader Digital Reading Summit

Today kicks off our 2016 Digital Reading Summit in Africa. Leaders and thinkers who believe in the power of digital reading to improve lives are convening in Accra, Ghana on April 6th and 7th and in Nairobi, Kenya on April 12th and 13th of April.   We live in an increasingly connected world where digital … Continue Reading →

The Zika Virus: E-books to Spread Awareness

March 1, 2016 By

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As it continues to spread, the Zika virus is increasingly becoming a cause for serious concern. It has now spread to more than 30 countries and, with no cure or vaccine available, the World Health Organization recently declared the virus to be a public health emergency of international concern. The outbreak has been extremely hard … Continue Reading →

The Glomo Awards: We Won!

February 24, 2016 By

worldreader and opera accept their award for best mobile app in education at the glomo awards

GSMA’s Global Mobile Awards, or Glomo Awards, provide one of the world’s biggest stages for showcasing innovation and greatness in the mobile industry. The awards take place annually and winners are revealed during the Mobile World Congress. This year, the event saw more than 930 entrants – one of them being ours with our partner … Continue Reading →

MER Foundation Enabling Digital Reading in South Africa

January 7, 2016 By

Girls using their new e-readers in class in South Africa

Across South Africa too many children have never experienced the world through reading. This is because over 80% of students in South Africa do not have a library. The Matthew E. Russell Foundation (MER) is an NGO changing this reality. And one way they’re doing it is through digital libraries with the Worldreader BLUE Box … Continue Reading →

Top Books Read in 2015

January 5, 2016 By

Girl reading on Worldreader mobile on her mobile phone

At Worldreader, we talk a lot about access. Access is the initial hurdle when building a literate world, so books need to be easily accessible, especially in places where they have historically been sparse. Thanks to Worldreader, readers anywhere in the world can access a library of over 28,000 free books in dozens of languages. … Continue Reading →