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South Africa Makes An Impact Through Digital Publishing

March 10, 2014 By

Big Bug

Worldreader would like to give a warm welcome to a new set of independent publishing houses from South Africa who are breaking the mold and diving into the world of digital publishing. Obstacles such as a lack of financial sustainability and low literacy levels throughout South Africa have made it impossible for their books to … Continue Reading →

30,000 E-Books Where You’d Least Expect Them: UNHCR Refugee Settlements

February 26, 2014 By

Books and Reading in Tanzanian Refugee Camps

Stories about refugee camps these days are synonymous with poverty, lack of opportunity and even terrorism. But not today. We’re thrilled to share with you something positive and transformative about two refugee settlements in Western Tanzania. Thanks to a partnership with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), 30,000 life-changing international and African e-books have been delivered … Continue Reading →

The School in Kenya with 49,000 E-Books: A New Program

December 4, 2013 By

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Two weeks ago, something pretty exciting happened in the world of education! With the Society of Jesus in Eastern Africa, Worldreader launched the largest single deployment of e-readers (EVER!) at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Secondary School in Nairobi, Kenya. The impact? Besides St. Al’s being the 27th school in Kenya to implement our e-reader program, 49,000 African … Continue Reading →

Working with The Girl Who Demanded Education

November 14, 2013 By

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By Sharon Langevin Kakenya Ntaiya grew up in a community where most girls do not get a chance to complete their education. In her powerful talk at a TEDx event, she talks about her experience growing up in the Maasai village of Enoosaen, Kenya. As a young girl, she fought to stay in school so … Continue Reading →

Books for All Expanding Thanks to a Partnership with Books for Africa

July 16, 2013 By

Worldreader & Books for Africa

We’re thrilled to announce that Books For Africa, a leading non-profit shipper of books, has joined forces with Worldreader to send e-books and e-readers to schools and students across Africa in the coming months. Worldreader’s strength in providing life-changing e-books and e-readers for schools in Africa combined with Books For Africa’s impressive distribution network across the continent will … Continue Reading →

11 Days, 11 Books, 11 Ways to Discover Africa

July 15, 2013 By

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Introducing Worldreader Showcase: The best books in our collection By Nancy Brown For the last month, we’ve been glued to our Kindles. We’ve been re-reading thousands of e-books in our library and putting together a best-of-the-best list that boldly illustrates Africa’s rich, vibrant literary heritage. Some weeks, we virtually swept across the dusty plains of … Continue Reading →

Travel for Books Sweepstakes: We Have a Winner Folks!

July 3, 2013 By

Winner of the Travel for Books Sweepstakes

Our Travel for Books sweepstakes competition has to come a close with 608 participants and some really great personal responses for wanting to volunteer with Worldreader this summer in Ghana. We loved many of them but had to choose one. So here’s our lucky winner and the response to our question. Drum roll please!   … Continue Reading →

Worldreader Mobile: More Than 500,000 Readers Globally

April 9, 2013 By

Reading on mobile phones in Africa

Worldreader has gone global! We happily announce today that we are reaching more than 500,000 avid readers a month on a device that’s already in their pockets: their phone. That’s right! A half million people per month worldwide are accessing and reading story books, textbooks, award winning short stories, novels and vital health information on Worldreader … Continue Reading →