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5 Million People Reading. What It Takes.

October 26, 2014 By

Lila Tretikov with David Risher

Way back at the beginning of Worldreader, my friend Mike Sundermeyer told me a story about commitment that goes like this: A pig and a chicken were walking down the road. They passed a church and notice that a potluck charity breakfast was under way. Inspired to help, the pig suggested to the chicken that they … 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 →

David is a Microsoft Integral Fellow!

December 6, 2011 By

We’re very excited to announce that our Executive Director and co-founder David Risher has been elected as a 2011 Microsoft Integral Fellow. This follows as intensive selection process led by the Microsoft Alumni Association and judged by a distinguished panel including Ashoka Founder Bill Drayton CNN’s medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta, and eBay Founder and Chairman Pierre … Continue Reading →

The Tale of Two E-Reader Pilots: Curating Content (Part 2)

October 5, 2011 By

About 18 months ago, before Worldreader even had office space, the team unpacked 20 Kindle 2s, and a handful of children’s books were uploaded onto the e-readers. With ambitious plans sketched out on paper and a lot hope in their suitcases, Worldreader’s Colin McElwee, David Risher, and Mike Sundermeyer flew from Barcelona to Ghana and started … Continue Reading →

Multi-continental successes

March 11, 2011 By

Worldreader has one co-founder in Africa and the other in California; and there are some pretty amazing news to share.  Here’s just two quick (but monumental) stories.  Thursday, Colin participated in a joint press event with USAID and Ghana Education Services in Accra.  Colin, Peter Argo (Deputy Mission Director from USAID), and Stephen Adu (Deputy Director … Continue Reading →

On Reading and Revolutions

February 11, 2011 By

It’s anyone’s guess if the events leading to Mubarak’s resignation would have happened without Facebook and Twitter.  Having visited Egypt myself last year, I can say that there’s been a tremendous amount of frustration and anger building up for years against the President and his policies.  And as many have noted, if the Egyptian people hadn’t … Continue Reading →

What about theft? The Worldreader pledge

December 10, 2010 By

One question friends often ask us is: what happens if the students lose their e-reader, or they get stolen? Of course, it’s a real issue, and we have several strategies we use to deal with this.  (We won’t talk about all of them here.) But so far, we haven’t found it to be a problem. … Continue Reading →

Teachers using E-Readers: Two stories

December 7, 2010 By

Last week’s introduction of the iREAD e-reader pilot rolled out in four major phases over three days in each of the six schools: The community introduction and pledge (Worldreader led) Day 1 of E-Reader distribution and instruction (Worldreader and teacher partnership) Day 2: E-Reader “deepening” (Teacher led; Worldreader absent) Day 3: E-readers integrated into class … Continue Reading →