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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 … 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 … 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 →

Writers Changing Lives: A Chat With Janet Wong

April 1, 2011 By

As Elizabeth wrote earlier this week, Worldreader is developing some exciting relationships with international authors. Writers are actively engaging with our Books For All mission, and we wanted to thank them publicly for their support. We also wanted to connect them to our broader Worldreader community. So we decided to ask them a few things … Continue Reading →

Win a Volunteer trip- part 2

March 28, 2011 By

Worldreader is doing something that’s never been done before- bringing electronic books into remote areas in Africa giving students, teachers and families access to the entire world’s library.   Last week, we announced a contest where you can win a trip to volunteer with us in Ghana., our travel partner, is sponsoring this contest … Continue Reading →

iRead Challenges

March 23, 2011 By

By Joseph Botwey In December, Worldreader wrote about possible challenges of using e-reader technology in our iRead pilot– with 500 e-readers in Ghana.  We predicted many of them, and other unforseen ones have cropped up as well.  At Adeiso SHS, they had a delay in laying concrete onto the classroom’s dirt floor and the students … Continue Reading →