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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 →

South Africa Makes An Impact Through Digital Publishing

March 10, 2014 By

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By Dana Swenson Worldreader would like to give a warm welcome to a new set of independent publishing houses from South Africa who are breaking the mold and diving into the world of digital publishing. Obstacles such as a lack of financial sustainability and low literacy levels throughout South Africa have made it impossible for … Continue Reading →

One Partner’s Impact: Inspire Kids and Keep Kindles Safe

March 18, 2013 By

Kids love their cases and e-readers. Joseph Botwey, Worldreader's operations manager in Ghana, shows off how one student made them her own.

By Tina Tam One of my first memories of a Worldreader project was when I assisted our Ghana Operations Manager Joseph in the iREAD classrooms two years ago. Cheerful students lined up to show us their e-readers for an inventory check. I was impressed by not only the children’s proficiencies with their e-readers, but also … 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 →

Powering Reading, Empowering Lives

September 17, 2012 By

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By Jessica Buster One of the first questions anyone encountering Worldreader’s projects for the first time asks is, “How do you recharge an e-reader in Africa?” There are a lot of different answers to this question, some of which have been mentioned on the blog before. The thing that makes these answers different is the … Continue Reading →

People Reading More Digital Books on E-readers, Tablets and Mobile Phones, Surveys Find

April 5, 2012 By

By Michael Smith A few weeks ago, Pearson Foundation released survey results showing a growing love of digital reading among U.S. high school seniors and college students. The Pearson Foundation Survey on Students and Tablets draws three conclusions: • E-reading devices (tablets) are on a drastic rise among students; • Students believe that e-reading devices help them in school, … Continue Reading →

News: A taste of the Koru launch

March 17, 2012 By


by Zev Lowe Background: This is a Worldreader Kit of 46 Kindles in a school in Kenya that we are launching with the Dr. Robert Ouko Memorial Community Library at the Menara Primary School.  It is funded by the Gordons and their family/friends. The launch event was pretty grand. They had erected tents for the occasion (which they also … Continue Reading →

Book Love, Live From Uganda

February 10, 2012 By

It’s another big week for Worldreader: We officially kicked off a new program in Uganda! We mentioned our Partner Program and  expansion plans a while back, and soon we’ll have more news about what’s happening and where we’re going next. Exciting stuff in the pipeline! In the meantime, here are a few photos and a near … 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 →

We’re Heading to Uganda! And Going Even Further…

December 13, 2011 By

A year ago, Worldreader officially launched “Books for All” in Ghana. A few months later, we went to Kenya. Today, we’re adding another great “first” to the list. The Worldreader  movement to transform reading in the developing world will be heading to Uganda! Right, Uganda! Can we get a shout-out?!? Why, you say? What’s the … Continue Reading →