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Life-Saving Ebola Information on Worldreader Mobile

October 28, 2014 By

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Sitting at the office in early August, I was discussing with my colleagues whether, given the emerging Ebola crises, I should take my two daughters on their long awaited trip to West Africa. We were going to Ghana, a country that had no confirmed cases of the disease (and still doesn’t), but it was clear … Continue Reading →

Angry Birds Stella Inspiring Girls to Read

October 10, 2014 By

Two years ago, the UN declared October 11th as the International Day of the Girl in order to raise global awareness about the importance of educating girls. This year, in celebration of this important occasion Worldreader is teaming up with Rovio and Egmont to empower girls everywhere with books. Rovio is best known for creating … Continue Reading →

Learnings From Libraries: Our Midterm LEAP Report

September 29, 2014 By

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At Worldreader, our staff is full of avid library fans. Many of us spent our childhood days in local libraries, thumbing through well-worn pages of soon-to-be favorite books, searching through card catalogs to find the newest installments of The Boxcar Children or Sweet Valley High. Some of us even remember how the Dewey Decimal system … Continue Reading →

How Nancy Sparked Our Next Campaign

August 22, 2014 By

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Meet Nancy- except you can’t put a face to her name.  She’s a 21-year-old girl living in Abia State, Nigeria. Nancy began reading our African books on her Nokia cell phone in May 2013 and that month she spent 10 hours reading. In June, Nancy read for over 40 hours on her phone. When asked, … Continue Reading →

Humble Bundle Impacts Literacy in Ghanaian Schools

July 30, 2014 By

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Late in 2013, Humble Bundle came to us with some exciting news. They were set to sell a bundle of e-books and we were one of the benefitting charities. We were extremely flattered, but didn’t yet know exactly what to expect, partly because what they are doing is just so innovative. Humble Bundle assembles bundles … Continue Reading →

E-Books in a Kenyan Library Increase Patronage

July 17, 2014 By

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SAIDE Community Library in Kenya is a shining example of how e-readers are impacting lives both in and out of the classroom. As a carefully selected library in Worldreader’s Project LEAP (Libraries, E-Reading, Activities, Partnership), which is funded by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, SAIDE Community Library has hosted e-readers for a mere three … Continue Reading →