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Mighty Humble Bundles Make a Huge Impact

August 25, 2016 By

humble bundle send kindle e-readers to worldreader e-reading program

Humble Bundle is based on an innovative, but simple, premise: they assemble bundles of digital content (games, e-books and audiobooks) and let users pay what they want for them. What’s even better is that buyers are allowed to allocate a chosen amount of their payment to a charity attached to the Bundle. These incredible Bundles … Continue Reading →

Conservation Through Storytelling

August 3, 2016 By


The author James Baldwin once said that, “You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read.” Read enough and you will find yourself in someone else’s words. Read a little more and you might find yourself not in the story of another human, but in … 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 →

Kenya Libraries Go Digital!

April 25, 2016 By


Today, we’ve got big news to share about our work in libraries. We’re thrilled to announce the launch of LEAP 2.0 (Libraries, E-Reading, Activities, Partnerships) in partnership with Kenya National Library Service (knls). LEAP 2.0 will bring digital reading to all 61 public libraries in Kenya with the ultimate goal of improving access to books … 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 →

A Revolutionary Way to Empower Girls

February 5, 2016 By

Students and teachers in Tanzania receive their new e-readers

An educated girl is an unstoppable force. She possesses knowledge and skills, increasing her self-reliance and resilience in the world. An educated girl is confident. She holds the power to stand up and become a leader, inspiring and educating other women and girls, creating an incredible multiplier effect. This is a basic truth. And one … 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 →