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You Won’t Believe This 8 Year Old

July 1, 2015 By

Kenya's youngest author, Ngure, does a speach at the launch of his book Out of the Box

Out of the Box was written by Kenya’s youngest author, Ngure Matu Ndiritu. The book was published in 2014 when Ngure was just eight years old and is now available on Amazon. Ngure has been writing stories since he was five. A young man with a boldness that is hard to miss when he shares … Continue Reading →

Sarah Obama Library Goes Digital With Worldreader

June 15, 2015 By


President Barack Obama believes that every child has the right to education. He also believes that every child deserves the chance to learn and thrive in an environment that is enriched by the latest technology. That’s why in April 2015, President Obama launched a national program to help low-income kids access $250 million worth of … Continue Reading →

Girls Empowered By E-Books In One Of Africa’s Largest Slums

May 29, 2015 By


Since 2010, Worldreader launched 92 digital reading initiatives in sub-Saharan Africa. Most of these projects have been launched in partnership with other nonprofits or organizations making a lasting change in their communities. One new digital reading initiative with the Kibera School for Girls (KSG), still has us reeling with excitement. Odede and his dream Kennedy … Continue Reading →

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 →

E-Books Against Ebola

March 19, 2015 By

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Did you know that Ebola survivors become immune to the virus, turning them into excellent caregivers in Ebola clinics? Neither did I before starting to compile a series of Ebola books for Worldreader Mobile. The latest outbreak in West Africa has been the largest and most complex Ebola outbreak since the virus was discovered in … 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-Reading in Ghana: How far we’ve come

March 4, 2015 By

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The inauguration day finally came at the Kade SDA and Kade Islamic School. The entire Kade community was present to welcome their new library of digital books, a community brought together by their shared hope for a good future and commitment to providing their children with access to reading. Lots of reading– 10,000 e-books worth, … 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 →