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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 →

New Hesperian Health Guides for Africa

December 14, 2015 By

Hesperian donates health manuels to Worldreader for families in Africa

Millions of people die every year of the most preventable diseases and common illnesses. This horrible reality is due to the lack of basic medical information available worldwide. In many parts of the world, health resources are only as good as the outdated books and government flyers that circulate through the community and more likely … Continue Reading →

New Solar Energy Report Unveils Unexpected Results

November 19, 2015 By

solar-energy-launch-by-worldreader

Experts say solar energy could be the world’s largest source of power by 2050. Africa’s solar power potential is massive and could play a key role in solving the continent’s energy issues. On a global scale, this is essential to tackling the climate crisis our planet faces today, according to The Africa Progress Report, 2015. … Continue Reading →

Paulo Coelho: Now Our Supporter

November 10, 2015 By

Paolo Coehlo joins Worldreader Library

Our library just got bigger. More precisely, three new books have been added to our existing collection of over 28,000 e-books. But these aren’t just any books – these three best-selling titles were donated by Paulo Coelho, considered to be one of the most influential authors of our times. The three donated books are: Christmas … Continue Reading →

This Halloween Experience Goosebumps

October 16, 2015 By

Goosebumps series with Humble Bundle

Halloween is just around the corner. That means it’s time for trick-or-treating, pumpkin carving, watching your favorite horror films and telling scary stories in the dark. Some of the scariest children’s horror stories today remain those from R.L Stine’s classic Goosebumps series. His best-selling books, such as ‘The Haunted Mask,’ are the perfect bone-chilling accompaniment … Continue Reading →

Inspiring Young Minds in Africa with Chelsea Clinton

October 6, 2015 By

Girl reading a book on her e-reader Africa

We often think of global challenges as something grown-ups ponder and that tackling complex world issues such as gender equality, climate change and epidemics should be left to the adults. But that’s not the case. So many of today’s world challenges have the biggest impact on our youth. And children and young adults feel a … Continue Reading →

You Won’t Believe This 8 Year Old

July 1, 2015 By

Kenya's youngest author, Ngure, does a speach at the launch of his book Out of the Box

Out of the Box was written by Kenya’s youngest author, Ngure Matu Ndiritu. The book was published in 2014 when Ngure was just eight years old and is now available on Amazon. Ngure has been writing stories since he was five. A young man with a boldness that is hard to miss when he shares … Continue Reading →