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These free e-books are changing reading habits in Africa

September 16, 2016 By

user reading from worldreader mobile in africa

In July, Lidudumalingani was announced as the 2016 winner of the Caine Prize, a prestigious award promoting and fostering new writers out of Africa. Lidudumalingani is from a small village in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa and his winning story, ‘Memories We Lost’, is set in a fictional village similar to the one he … Continue Reading →

What Worldreaders are Reading in 2016

June 22, 2016 By

what are worldreaders reading

Worldreader is all about reading.  And the more we expand our collection of digital books, the more broadly people read. Each month, about 300,000 people read books on our mobile phone apps and another 100,000 people– primarily school-age students– read books on our e-readers.  When we first started, our collection numbered in the hundreds of … Continue Reading →

Top 5 Moments from Our 2016 Digital Reading Summits

May 27, 2016 By

Attendees at the Digital Reading Summits

Six years ago we had a big idea. We believed that digital technology could empower millions of readers around the world. We decided to test this idea. We approached publishers, government officials, teachers and communities asking them to give digital reading a chance. And they did. Today, the same stakeholders are experiencing the impact of … Continue Reading →

The Digital Reading Summit is Back!

April 6, 2016 By

Worldreader Digital Reading Summit

Today kicks off our 2016 Digital Reading Summit in Africa. Leaders and thinkers who believe in the power of digital reading to improve lives are convening in Accra, Ghana on April 6th and 7th and in Nairobi, Kenya on April 12th and 13th of April.   We live in an increasingly connected world where digital … Continue Reading →

The Zika Virus: E-books to Spread Awareness

March 1, 2016 By

zika virus book series on worldreader mobile library

As it continues to spread, the Zika virus is increasingly becoming a cause for serious concern. It has now spread to more than 30 countries and, with no cure or vaccine available, the World Health Organization recently declared the virus to be a public health emergency of international concern. The outbreak has been extremely hard … Continue Reading →

Top Books Read in 2015

January 5, 2016 By

Girl reading on Worldreader mobile on her mobile phone

At Worldreader, we talk a lot about access. Access is the initial hurdle when building a literate world, so books need to be easily accessible, especially in places where they have historically been sparse. Thanks to Worldreader, readers anywhere in the world can access a library of over 28,000 free books in dozens of languages. … Continue Reading →

New Hesperian Health Guides for Africa

December 14, 2015 By

Hesperian donates health manuels to Worldreader for families in Africa

Millions of people die every year of the most preventable diseases and common illnesses. This horrible reality is due to the lack of basic medical information available worldwide. In many parts of the world, health resources are only as good as the outdated books and government flyers that circulate through the community and more likely … Continue Reading →

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 →