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Worldreader Mobile: More Than 500,000 Readers Globally

April 9, 2013 By

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Worldreader has gone global! We happily announce today that we are reaching more than 500,000 avid readers a month on a device that’s already in their pockets: their phone. That’s right! A half million people per month worldwide are accessing and reading story books, textbooks, award winning short stories, novels and vital health information on Worldreader … 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 →

Engendering the Reading Culture

September 26, 2012 By

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By Samuel Alomenu Creating an environment that fosters the reading habit and gives children an opportunity to explore the endless world of learning are prerequisites to developing a reading culture. That’s why we continued our summer reading program again this year. Since the students were going to have about 45 days off from school, we … 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 →

Believe It or Not? Yes, Believe It!

April 25, 2012 By

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By Michael Smith I was at the London Book Fair last week where I met so many great publishers. In sharing our story about bringing exciting e-books to children in Africa, one publisher “believed” they could make a difference. Without hesitation, we set a goal to celebrate World Book Day (April 23) together by forging … Continue Reading →

Earning Credits for More Books

March 12, 2012 By

Daniel is so immersed in reading, he doesn't hear it when they call him for food.

By Tina Tam and Joseph Botwey Meet Daniel Owusu, a 14-year-old junior high school student in Worldreader’s iREAD program. Daniel lives with his family on a farm in the tropical forest near the village, which makes for a long walk to school. He is the only one of the six children in his family to … Continue Reading →

Testing a new platform for “Books for all”

February 13, 2012 By

Sometimes it’s important to step back and remember that Worldreader is about reading. We are not ‘the e-reader NGO’, nor ‘the Kindle guys’. We are simply ‘the folks who are transforming reading.’ Our core mission is to enable folks all over the developing world to read.  We do that by using new technology to deliver … 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 →