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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 →

Writers Changing Lives: A Chat With Daniel Pinkwater

April 6, 2011 By

Can someone fall in love with reading before he evens know how to read? Sure. Author Daniel Pinkwater did. “I became involved with books and liking books and thinking books were fun before I ever learned to read,” Daniel told Worldreader, recalling some of his childhood memories about growing up in Chicago. “I was hooked … Continue Reading →

Writers Changing Lives: A Chat With Mary Pope Osborne

April 5, 2011 By

Undoubtedly, reading can change a person’s life. But, as Worldreader believes, the real power of increased global literacy goes far beyond the individual. Creating a love of reading among children in the developing world has a ripple effect that binds families, neighborhoods, and the broader society. We’re not alone in thinking that way. Mary Pope … Continue Reading →

Meet Sara- our Winner!

April 4, 2011 By

Meet Sara Rhyne, our winner. When we saw Sara’s video, we had the overwhelming feeling that she was destined to meet Worldreader and make a difference using e-reader technology to change the face of literacy in the developing world.  Sara hails from a small rural area in North Carolina and works in the local school system, … Continue Reading →

Volunteer Contest: First Runner-Up

April 4, 2011 By

So, now you’ve seen our second runner-up, Christina Lam’s awesome video.  What stood out about the first runner-up, Drew Budwin — an engineer at Virginia Tech, is his deep passion for serving others.  Even in his short video, his zeal for helping others shone through.  We saw a person, in his own words, with an … Continue Reading →