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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 →

From 5 Million to 1 Billion Mobile Readers

September 29, 2015 By

David Risher and Bill Clinton at the CGI 2015 Annual Meeting

Last year at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting we made an ambitious commitment. We pledged to bring digital books to 5 million people in three years. Instead, it took us only one. That’s an enormous achievement. It means that in just one year, millions of more people around the world are now able to … Continue Reading →

5 Million Mobile Readers with Opera

September 2, 2015 By


Today, Worldreader is celebrating a huge milestone on our path to bringing reading to everyone on the planet. We’ve partnered with Opera Software, and together, in just 5 months, we’ve reached 5 million mobile readers in Africa. Globally, this means that Worldreader has enabled over 6 million people in Asia, Africa and South America, to … Continue Reading →

African Digital Reading Summits: a Success!

May 8, 2015 By

Digital Reading Summit 2015

“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 →

Creating Reader-Leaders With Katha

May 5, 2015 By

Katha worldreader kids

In November, I traveled to Govindpuri, India to meet with Parvinder Kauer, the executive director of Katha. Katha is a non profit organization based in Delhi who’s work spans the literacy to literature continuum. By seamlessly connecting grassroots work in education and urban resurgence, Katha brings children living in poverty into reading and quality education. … Continue Reading →

World Book Day: Libraries Thrive with E-Books

April 23, 2015 By


  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

Digital Reading Summit

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-Books in a Kenyan Library Increase Patronage

July 17, 2014 By

Saide Library

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 →