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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 →

The Meffy Awards: We Won!

October 23, 2015 By

co-founder of Worldreader receives our Meffy awards

The Meffy Awards— some call them the Oscars of the mobile world. Held annually to honor successes and innovations in the mobile industry, the Meffy’s is an event that brings together influential mobile players from all over the world. This year, the awards attracted entries from over 30 countries, one of them being for Worldreader … 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 →

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 →