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Over 1 million hours of mobile reading in 2014

December 1, 2014 By

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If you think people in the developing world don’t read on their mobile phones, think again. This year alone, people across Africa and Asia have spent 1,028,109 hours reading on Worldreader Mobile. That’s a whopping 42,838 days and a mind-blowing 117 years! Our readers have used their phone to devour a range of reading materials including … Continue Reading →

2014 Tech Awards: We Won The Microsoft Education Award

November 27, 2014 By

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Anyone who’s seen Worldreader’s headquarters here in San Francisco understands that our organization knows how to do a lot with a little. Words like “austere” and “spartan” and “converted old garage space” often come up when describing our digs. So, a few weeks ago, I was thrilled to deliver a new addition into the office that … Continue Reading →

New Study Shows E-readers Help Children Learn to Read

November 24, 2014 By

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For the last two years, we’ve been running a rigorous study called iREAD 2, examining the impact of Worldreader’s e-reader program on students in Ghana. Today, we are excited to announce the final results of that study. Literacy is a foundational skill that sets up children for lifelong success. Unfortunately, few children in sub-Saharan Africa … Continue Reading →

Life-Saving Ebola Information on Worldreader Mobile

October 28, 2014 By

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Sitting at the office in early August, I was discussing with my colleagues whether, given the emerging Ebola crises, I should take my two daughters on their long awaited trip to West Africa. We were going to Ghana, a country that had no confirmed cases of the disease (and still doesn’t), but it was clear … Continue Reading →

Angry Birds Stella Inspiring Girls to Read

October 10, 2014 By

Two years ago, the UN declared October 11th as the International Day of the Girl in order to raise global awareness about the importance of educating girls. This year, in celebration of this important occasion Worldreader is teaming up with Rovio and Egmont to empower girls everywhere with books. Rovio is best known for creating … Continue Reading →

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 →