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Decreasing Our Breakage Rate

June 8, 2012 By


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 →

Writers Changing Lives: A Chat with Hermés Piqué

June 7, 2012 By

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By Jennifer Baljko Kids love books. They love games, too. And they love books that feel like games, and games that feel like books. First-hand feedback from teachers and students in our programs in Africa prove that last statement true. Things like flash cards, spelling quizzes, world maps and anything else that complements the learning … Continue Reading →

Another 204 E-readers Heading to Kenya

May 31, 2012 By

Menara Primary School Teacher Victor Otieno looking up words in his Kindle dictionary

By Zev Lowe More good news coming out of Kenya: The Menara Primary School is getting another 204 e-readers, bringing the total number up to 250 so far. Our partners, Dr. Robert John Ouko Memorial Community Library and GordonFamily ConnectAfrica, are working on getting each of the 500 students at the school in Kenya’s Nyanza Province their … Continue Reading →

Let’s Start a Million Books Movement

May 23, 2012 By

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By Susan Moody Sometimes, the biggest ideas come from the simplest, most everyday things, like watching kids play in a schoolyard. On my first trip to Africa with Worldreader, I noticed instantly how kids gravitated towards soccer and how, much like the kids at home, they used anything they could find – -a plastic bottle, … Continue Reading →

Seth Godin Donates His Books

April 30, 2012 By

Seth Godin

  We’re on a roll, and we hope it doesn’t end any time soon. On Friday, after reading about our iREAD pilot program in a GigaOm article by Laura Hazard Owen, best-selling author Seth Godin threw his support behind us, commenting on GigaOm’s wall in a way only Seth could:   “When the marginal cost … 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 →

Writers Changing Lives: A Chat With Leslie Bulion and Nicole Tadgell

April 2, 2012 By

Leslie Bulion

Worldreader values collaboration and partnership. So, when Elizabeth Wood, our director of digital publishing, asked me to talk with author Leslie Bulion and illustrator Nicole Tadgell for this column, it made perfect sense to feature them together. At the suggestion of their publisher, Moon Mountain Publishing, they broke tradition and worked together to create Fatuma’s … 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 →

News: We ♥ Kenyan publishers

March 16, 2012 By

With Susan from Jacaranda-- outside the Nairobi National Museum

I just returned from a whirlwind four day trip to Nairobi; my mission to partner with more Kenyan publishers and get more great local books for Worldreader students. On the relaxing Swiss Air flight out, in between sobbing over “The Descendants” and giggling over “Tower Heist”, I jotted down my goals for the trip.  I … Continue Reading →