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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 →

E-Reading Grows in Uganda

March 27, 2015 By

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Community-led and locally-owned initiatives are what make Worldreader e-reading programs sustainable. It is especially important to have the community’s support behind the e-reading programs, to ensure students have the resources and encouragement they need to excel. Such was the case with a new Worldreader partner, Yamba Abaana, an organization that worked to establish a Worldreader … Continue Reading →

How Books Empower Women

March 6, 2015 By

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International Women’s Day provides us with an opportunity to reflect on the economic, political and social achievements of women, and to look towards a future where gender equality is the norm across the globe. A key part of ensuring this equality is guaranteeing girls’ and women’s access to education. This is not just a basic … Continue Reading →

E-Book Love at Our Newest School in Uganda

November 5, 2013 By

Students exploring their e-readers during the Bubaare Senior Secondary School launch

It’s been a busy few weeks for Worldreader. We’ve been expanding our reach in several countries, including Kenya, Malawi and Uganda.  Today, we welcome the Bubaare Senior Secondary School in Kampala, Uganda into the Worldreader family. The school started in 1983 as private secondary school founded by the Church of Uganda’s Diocese of Kigezi, with a handful … Continue Reading →

Malawi Children With More Books Thanks to European Partner

October 30, 2013 By

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Last week we launched our second e-reader program in Malawi. We’ve teamed up with Active Africa, our first major European Kits sponsor, to further improve literacy in Africa by bringing 5000 digital books and 50 e-readers to the Padre Pio Lusangzi Secondary School in Mzuzu. Worldreader’s Kimberlee Johnson was at the launch inaugurating the program with the Active Africa … Continue Reading →

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

July 16, 2013 By

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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 →

Writers Changing Lives: A Chat With Kofi Okyere

February 6, 2012 By

We started this series last spring to spotlight authors who believed in the same thing we do: Reading has the power to transform lives. Since then, we’ve been engaging with many authors and are happily surprised by their generosity and support. It’s great to see our author community expand, but often, too, we like to … Continue Reading →

Loving Our Volunteers

February 2, 2012 By

As a lean, nonprofit social enterprise, much of what we do is powered by the enthusiasm of our volunteers. Now and again, Worldreader shines a light on their initiative, shares their on-the-ground experience with our broader community, and gives them a big public hug. You may remember, Sara Rhyne, for instance. She won our video … 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 →