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The Power of Reading Together

May 23, 2011 By

Guest post by Joe Lapp for Lincoln Community School   There’s nothing like reading together to unlock the power of cross-cultural connection and the expressive potential of the written word, and I saw this demonstrated in a Worldreader classroom recently.  Lincoln Community School – an American international school in Accra, Ghana – has been proud to help … Continue Reading →

Sara’s Aha! Moments

May 20, 2011 By

Sara Rhyne stands at the doorway of the Ntimigom School in Kenya. From the top of the hill, she glances out at the wide-open spaces, and watches life – and cows – pass by. Inside the low-lit classroom, under a dusty chalkboard, a group of 14 teachers involved in The Kilgoris Project fire up their … Continue Reading →


May 16, 2011 By

What is a frequent request from our kids in the iRead pilot in Ghana?  A light.  Our students are already spending 50% more of their time reading now that they have an e-reader… now imagine!  They can read stories like Meshack Asare’s The Canoe’s Story when the sun sets.  A huge thank you to our … Continue Reading →

Writers Changing Lives: A Chat With Meshack Asare

April 29, 2011 By

  In Ghana, books were hard to come by when children’s author Meshack Asare was young. The nearest library was 24 miles away, and a mobile book unit visited his town every six months or so. While he managed to get his hands on the few school textbooks, Royal primers, Oxford English readers, and the … Continue Reading →

Sharing Book Love

April 23, 2011 By

Today, April 23, is a special day for book lovers, aspiring readers, and just about anyone else who has ever felt a jolt of excitement after running their fingers down a hard-covered spine or flipping through e-reader pages of their favorite tome. It’s World Book and Copyright Day, as coined by UNESCO and the United … Continue Reading →

A little help from our friends

April 22, 2011 By

Judging by recent news that e-book sales surpassed paperback books and the price of e-reader technology keeps dropping, it’s safe to say we’re witnessing a massive shift in the publishing world.  Worldeader wants to bring the developing world in on that change so that students (like Deborah and Gideon seen here in our latest video) have … Continue Reading →

Writers Changing Lives: A Chat With Sylvia Vardell

April 13, 2011 By

Sylvia Vardell

  As our Director of Digital Publishing Elizabeth Wood pointed out, something’s caught our eye recently: Authors are so excited about Worldreader, they’re telling their friends about us. That’s how we met Sylvia Vardell, an author and professor at Texas Woman’s University School of Library & Information Studies. Her colleague, poet Janet Wong, made the introduction … Continue Reading →

Writers Changing Lives: A Chat With Cory Doctorow

April 8, 2011 By

Worldreader recently talked to Cory Doctorow, a science fiction novelist, journalist, and co-editor of Boing Boing. Besides chatting about his Worldreader participation (he has donated his books Little Bother, For the Win, and Content), we also discussed the challenges developing countries face in accessing books. Frequently, the conversation circled back to copyright-related issues. That’s not … Continue Reading →

Kenya’s Ministry of Education Says Yes to Worldreader!

April 7, 2011 By

Yesterday evening, after an amazing show of drive and tenacity, Colin and Elizabeth walked out of Kenya’s Ministry of Education with the attached letter in hand.  Now we have the official backing of the Kenyan Government who want to follow our work at The Kilgoris Project’s Intimigom School to evaluate if it can be scaled up … Continue Reading →