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Humble Bundle Impacts Literacy in Ghanaian Schools

July 30, 2014 By

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Late in 2013, Humble Bundle came to us with some exciting news. They were set to sell a bundle of e-books and we were one of the benefitting charities. We were extremely flattered, but didn’t yet know exactly what to expect, partly because what they are doing is just so innovative. Humble Bundle assembles bundles … Continue Reading →

Ghana’s North Region Gets 10,000 Life-Changing E-Books

June 13, 2014 By

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Joseph Botwey is our Partnership Development Manager and Samuel Alomenu is our Assistant Business Development Manager and part of their job is to help launch e-reader programs in schools all over Ghana. They’ve been in the field this last week implementing e-reader programs with partnering organizations and therefore delivering thousands of e-books to children and … Continue Reading →

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Says “YES”!

October 16, 2013 By

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Great news from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: we’re thrilled to announce an innovative pilot that will bring thousands of great e-books to African libraries! The Gates Foundation typically partners with governments in their global library work– this partnership is unique in that it’s the first-ever partnership with a social enterprise. With the Bill … Continue Reading →

11 Days, 11 Books, 11 Ways to Discover Africa

July 15, 2013 By

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Introducing Worldreader Showcase: The best books in our collection By Nancy Brown For the last month, we’ve been glued to our Kindles. We’ve been re-reading thousands of e-books in our library and putting together a best-of-the-best list that boldly illustrates Africa’s rich, vibrant literary heritage. Some weeks, we virtually swept across the dusty plains of … Continue Reading →

E-books for Twenty Schools in Kenya. Count ‘em: 20!

February 25, 2013 By

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  What an incredible two weeks at Worldreader! We’ve got a new e-reader program in Ghana impacting 1800 children and families. We’ve also launched a new program in Nairobi, Kenya, changing the lives of 500 children. And today we’re thrilled to share with you that in partnership with the Research Triangle Institute (RTI) International sponsored by USAID, we’ve … Continue Reading →

Decreasing Our Breakage Rate

June 8, 2012 By

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Written by the Worldreader Research & Operations Team In his book The Fifth Discipline, MIT Professor Peter Senge defines a learning organization as a place “where people continually expand their capacity to create the results they truly desire, where new and expansive patterns of thinking are nurtured, where collective aspiration is set free, and where … Continue Reading →

Writers Changing Lives: A Chat with Hermés Piqué

June 7, 2012 By

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By Jennifer Baljko Kids love books. They love games, too. And they love books that feel like games, and games that feel like books. First-hand feedback from teachers and students in our programs in Africa prove that last statement true. Things like flash cards, spelling quizzes, world maps and anything else that complements the learning … Continue Reading →

Seth Godin Donates His Books

April 30, 2012 By

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  We’re on a roll, and we hope it doesn’t end any time soon. On Friday, after reading about our iREAD pilot program in a GigaOm article by Laura Hazard Owen, best-selling author Seth Godin threw his support behind us, commenting on GigaOm’s wall in a way only Seth could:   “When the marginal cost … Continue Reading →