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African Digital Reading Summits: a Success!

May 8, 2015 By

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“Immerse Yourself In the Digital Era” was the driving theme of our Digital Reading Summits in Nairobi, Kenya and Accra, Ghana last month. Collectively, 300 representatives from 10 countries across sub-Saharan Africa convened to discuss the impact of digital reading and the opportunities it represents to readers everywhere. The participants spanned across the public, private, … Continue Reading →

Worldreader Mobile Web Launches with Opera Software

May 7, 2015 By

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Today, 9 million people across Africa are able to read books on their mobile phones thanks to our newest app, Worldreader Mobile Web (WRM-Web). This historical launch with Opera Software has the potential to bring digital books to our widest audience yet and we could not be more excited to share the news with you. … Continue Reading →

World Book Day: Libraries Thrive with E-Books

April 23, 2015 By

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  While we celebrate the life-changing power of books everyday at Worldreader, today is extra special. Why? Because we’ve just released a new, ground-breaking report that shows the effects of digital books in libraries! At the start of 2014 Worldreader embarked on an ambitious partnership with the Kenya National Library Service (KNLS), the Bill & Melinda … Continue Reading →

Digital Reading Brings Africa Together

April 16, 2015 By

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We’re thrilled to be hosting our second annual Digital Reading Summit in two countries very special to Worldreader’s mission: Ghana and Kenya. These countries are pioneering the future of Africa’s digital reading revolution and contributing towards making Worldreader’s vision of bringing books to all a foreseeable and promising reality. This year’s Worldreader Digital Reading Summit … Continue Reading →

E-Reading Grows in Uganda

March 27, 2015 By

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Community-led and locally-owned initiatives are what make Worldreader e-reading programs sustainable. It is especially important to have the community’s support behind the e-reading programs, to ensure students have the resources and encouragement they need to excel. Such was the case with a new Worldreader partner, Yamba Abaana, an organization that worked to establish a Worldreader … Continue Reading →

E-Books Against Ebola

March 19, 2015 By

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Did you know that Ebola survivors become immune to the virus, turning them into excellent caregivers in Ebola clinics? Neither did I before starting to compile a series of Ebola books for Worldreader Mobile. The latest outbreak in West Africa has been the largest and most complex Ebola outbreak since the virus was discovered in … Continue Reading →

E-Reading in Ghana: How far we’ve come

March 4, 2015 By

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The inauguration day finally came at the Kade SDA and Kade Islamic School. The entire Kade community was present to welcome their new library of digital books, a community brought together by their shared hope for a good future and commitment to providing their children with access to reading. Lots of reading– 10,000 e-books worth, … Continue Reading →

We’ve Gone Solar

February 24, 2015 By

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When people first learn about Worldreader, one question they often ask is “How do people in the developing world charge their e-readers?” We tell them that the schools and libraries we work with have the means to charge their devices, either through the power grid, a generator or a nearby electricity source. Today, we are … Continue Reading →

Study Highlights How Mobile Reading Works for Girls

February 13, 2015 By

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We recently sat down with Ronda Zelezny-Green, a PhD student in Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D) at Royal Holloway, University of London, to discuss her recent study on Worldreader Mobile usage among a group of girls at a secondary school in Nairobi, Kenya. Her study examines the girls’ app usage in an effort … Continue Reading →

Top Books Improving Lives in 2014

January 23, 2015 By

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In 2014, our top ten most completed books on Worldreader Mobile fell into three distinct categories: information about Ebola, romantic novels and practical information about human sexuality. Or, as I like to think of it: survival, escapism and pragmatism. Survival Late in 2013 a few cases of Ebola were reported in Guinea. Shortly after, new … Continue Reading →