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History

2009

May

Locked library in Ecuador

David Risher travels to Ecuador with his family and sees a library with a padlocked door.

The Worldreader logo

An idea is born.

December

Colin McElwee and David Risher

Colin McElwee and David Risher decide to start a literacy charity working exclusively with digital books.

2010

February

David Risher at the Benjamin Franklin International School Worldreader Kindle trialBenjamin Franklin International School students read on their Kindles

Colin and David conduct a small trial in a 12th grade English class at Barcelona’s Benjamin Franklin International School.

March

Students at the first Worldreader project in Ghana read on Kindles

A small team travels to Ghana and conducts a trial with 20 e-readers at OrphanAid Africa. Shortly thereafter, Ghana’s Ministry of Education grants us permission to extend our work across the country.

Worldreader's first Form 990

Worldreader is incorporated as a U.S. non-profit organization.

Stacks of boxes of Kindles in the Barcelona office

We open our first office in Barcelona.

October

Colin McElwee and Alex Sulzberger meet with Sam Woode, Woeli, Smartline, EPP, Regener8, and Afram in 2011

We secure several agreements with publishers in Ghana, including Sam Woode, Woeli, Smartline, and Sub Saharan, to digitize local reading material.

Book covers for Moby Dick, Season of the Sandstorms, Dracula, Monday with a Mad Genius, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Carnival at Candlelight

We sign our first agreement with an international publisher, Random House.

November

Letter Ghana education official granting permission to Worldreader for the first iREAD project Preparing Kindles for the first iREAD project The purple church in Kade, Ghana, where Worldreader staff were welcomed by community members whose children later participated in iREAD

The first iREAD project launches, a partnership with USAID’s Global Development Alliance program and the Ghana Education Service. Under the agreement, Worldreader delivers 500 e-readers to six schools in Ghana and begins M&E (measurement and evaluation) on our work.

2011

May

Shadrack Lemiso, an educator and partner, smiles at boxes of e-readers en route to the Kilgoris Project in Kenya.Kilgoris teachers get Kindle training.

Worldreader expands to Kenya in collaboration with The Kilgoris Project, our first Worldreader Programs partner.

November

A page in a local children's book on a Worldreader Kindle

Total books distributed by Worldreader passes 60,000.

2012

February

HUMBLE student Benetta in Uganda covers a smile with her new Kindle

Worldreader expands to Uganda.

Photo of Nokia phone home screen with Worldreader Mobile Beta icon on bottom row

Our mobile reading app for feature phones (later named Worldreader Mobile) launches in beta on the biNu platform.

April

Students carrying Worldreader Kindles walk to school

Total books distributed by Worldreader passes 95,000.

May

Worldreader student with Barca Worldreader banner on his Kindle and a drawing of the Barca crest

We kick off a campaign with support from soccer team FC Barcelona (Barça), asking people to help send 1 million e-books to students in sub-Saharan Africa.

September

Worldreader brings e-books to Rwanda

Worldreader expands to Rwanda.

Book covers for The Spiderwick Chronicles, Ripley's Believe It Or Not, Slaughter House-Five, The Magic Tree House, Milkweed, and For the Win

We triple the size of our digital library, reaching 1,200 books. International publishers Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins Canada, Egmont UK, Rosetta Books, Hardie Grant Egmont, and Ripley Publishing donate titles.

October

120 Hickory Street in San Francisco, Worldreader headquarters

After several months working out of the Internet Archive, we open our first San Francisco office.

November

Handpainted sign for Worldreader's 2012 Upendo School launch

Worldreader expands to Tanzania.

2013

April

Worldreader Mobile screenshots, showing the user-interface, a book illustration, and a banner adA girl reads on her feature phone using Worldreader Mobile

Worldreader Mobile launches to all.

May

Worldreader students hold a Kindle with the cover of Where There is No Doctor displayed on the screen

We announce a new publishing partnership with Hesperian Health Guides, a non-profit best known for its practical health guide Where There Is No Doctor.

Exterior of King George VI Children's Centre, Worldreader's first Zimbabwe project

Worldreader expands to Zimbabwe.

Students and community members at the Rosemary Pencil launch, Worldreader's first project in Malawi

Worldreader expands to Malawi.

May

Students at the Worldreader launch at the Get Ahead Project school in South Africa

Worldreader expands to South Africa.

Tanzania PM Mizengo Pinda with David Risher and Susan Moody of Worldreader in 2013

Tanzania’s Prime Minster Mizengo Pinda attends our launch in Arusha to support our new primary school projects. The projects are the result of a collaboration with the Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology.

July

Students at the Worldreader launch at the Dwankhozi Community School in Zambia

Worldreader expands to Zambia.

2014

February

2014 UNHCR Worldreader launch in Tanzania

In partnership with the UNHCR, 30,000 e-books are delivered to 2,300 students across four schools in the Mishamo and Katumba refugee settlements in Tanzania.

March

Librarians and students hold Project LEAP Kindles at the Project LEAP launch

In partnership with The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, we launch Project LEAP (Libraries, E-reading, Activities, Partnership), the first pilot using e-readers in libraries in the developing world. This pilot places over 50,000 e-books in eight Kenyan libraries.

April

Attendees at the 2014 Worldreader Community Conference

We hold our first annual Community Conference in Nairobi, Kenya.

The cover of UNESCO's Reading in the Mobile Era report

UNESCO publishes a report on Worldreader Mobile and our mobile users’ reading habits, Reading in the Mobile Era. The report is the first and largest study of its kind.

August

Book covers for Bafana Bafana, The Boxcar Children, Ama, Chicken Soup for the Child's Soul, and The Good Earth

Open Road Integrated Media donates over 260 new titles to Worldreader.

September

Students reading on Kindles at Agbado E-Learning Center in Ogun State, Nigeria

Worldreader expands to Nigeria.

November

Windows Phone with Worldreader Mobile app

Worldreader Mobile expands to the Windows Mobile platform.

Cover of Ghana iREAD Study 2012-2014: Final Evaluation by Sarah Jaffe for Worldreader

Worldreader publishes iREAD Final Evaluation, showing that students read more and read better when they have access to Worldreader e-readers.

Historia

2009

Mayo

Locked library in Guatemala

David Risher viaja a Guatemala con su familia y se encuentra con una biblioteca cerrada con candado.

The Worldreader logo

Así nació una idea.

Diciembre

Colin McElwee and David Risher

Colin McElwee y David Risher deciden crear una fundación sin ánimo lucro que utilice los libros digitales como herramienta principal para disminuir el alto índice de analfabetismo en países emergentes.

2010

Febrero

David Risher at the Benjamin Franklin International School Worldreader Kindle trialBenjamin Franklin International School students read on their Kindles

Colin y David realizan un ensayo piloto en una clase de inglés a estudiantes de bachillerato en el Colegio Internacional Benjamin Franklin de Barcelona.

Marzo

Students at the first Worldreader project in Ghana read on Kindles

Un equipo pequeño viaja a Ghana y lleva a cabo un ensayo con 20 lectores electrónicos en la organización OrphanAid Africa. Poco después, el Ministerio de Educación de Ghana nos concede el permiso de extender nuestro trabajo a todo el país.

Worldreader's first Form 990

Worldreader se registra oficialmente como una organización estadounidense sin ánimo de lucro.

Stacks of boxes of Kindles in the Barcelona office

Abrimos nuestra primera oficina en Barcelona.

Octubre

Colin McElwee and Alex Sulzberger meet with Sam Woode, Woeli, Smartline, EPP, Regener8, and Afram in 2011

Cerramos varios convenios con editoriales en Ghana, incluyendo Sam Woode, Woeli, Smartline y Sub Saharan Publishers para digitalizar materiales de lectura locales.

Book covers for Moby Dick, Season of the Sandstorms, Dracula, Monday with a Mad Genius, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Carnival at Candlelight

Firmamos nuestro primer convenio con la editorial internacional Random House.

Noviembre

Letter Ghana education official granting permission to Worldreader for the first iREAD project Preparing Kindles for the first iREAD project The purple church in Kade, Ghana, where Worldreader staff were welcomed by community members whose children later participated in iREAD

Nuestro proyecto iREAD se inicia en colaboración con el proyecto de Alianza Mundial para el Desarrollo de la USAID (Agencia de los Estados Unidos para el Desarrollo Internacional, por sus siglas en inglés) y el Servicio de Educación de Ghana. De acuerdo con el convenio, Worldreader entrega 500 lectores electrónicos a seis colegios en Ghana, y seguidamente empieza la medición y evaluación (M&E) de nuestro trabajo.

2011

Mayo

Shadrack Lemiso, an educator and partner, smiles at boxes of e-readers en route to the Kilgoris Project in Kenya.Kilgoris teachers get Kindle training.

Worldreader se expande a Kenia en colaboración con The Kilgoris Project, nuestro primer proyecto colaborativo.

Noviembre

A page in a local children's book on a Worldreader Kindle

Worldreader supera los 60.000 libros distribuidos.

2012

Febrero

HUMBLE student Benetta in Uganda covers a smile with her new Kindle

Worldreader llega a Uganda.

Photo of Nokia phone home screen with Worldreader Mobile Beta icon on bottom row

Nuestra aplicación de lectura para teléfonos móviles sencillos (llamada más adelante Worldreader Mobile) lanza su versión beta en la plataforma biNu.

Abril

Students carrying Worldreader Kindles walk to school

Worldreader supera los 95.000 libros distribuidos.

Mayo

Worldreader student with Barca Worldreader banner on his Kindle and a drawing of the Barca crest

Se inicia una campaña con el apoyo del equipo de fútbol del F.C. Barcelona (Barça), motivando a las personas para ayudar a enviar 1 millón de libros electrónicos a los estudiantes en el África subsahariana.

Septiemmbre

Worldreader se expande a Ruanda

Worldreader se expande a Ruanda.

Book covers for The Spiderwick Chronicles, Ripley's Believe It Or Not, Slaughter House-Five, The Magic Tree House, Milkweed, and For the Win

Triplicamos el tamaño de nuestra biblioteca digital, llegando a los 1.200 libros. Recibimos donaciones de libros de diferentes editoriales internacionales como Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins Canada, Egmont Reino Unido, Rosetta Books y Hardie Grant Egmont.

Octubre

120 Hickory Street in San Francisco, Worldreader headquarters

Abrimos nuestra primera oficina en San Francisco después de varios meses trabajando en las oficinas de Internet Archive.

Noviembre

Handpainted sign for Worldreader's 2012 Upendo School launch

Worldreader se expande a Tanzania.

2013

Abril

Worldreader Mobile screenshots, showing the user-interface, a book illustration, and a banner adA girl reads on her feature phone using Worldreader Mobile

Se lanza al público la aplicación Worldreader Mobile.

Mayo

Worldreader students hold a Kindle with the cover of Where There is No Doctor displayed on the screen

Anunciamos una nueva colaboración con la editorial Hesperian Health Guides, una organización sin ánimo de lucro conocida mejor por su guía práctica de salud Where There Is No Doctor.

Exterior of King George VI Children's Centre, Worldreader's first Zimbabwe project

Worldreader se expande a Zimbabwe.

Students and community members at the Rosemary Pencil launch, Worldreader's first project in Malawi

Worldreader se expande a Malawi.

Mayo

Students at the Worldreader launch at the Get Ahead Project school in South Africa

Worldreader se expande a Sudáfrica.

Tanzania PM Mizengo Pinda with David Risher and Susan Moody of Worldreader in 2013

El primer ministro de Tanzania Mizendo Pinda atiende en Arusha al lanzamiento de dos proyectos nuevos en escuelas de primaria. Estos proyectos son el resultado de la colaboración con el Instituto Africano de Ciencia y Tecnología Nelson Mandela.

Julio

Students at the Worldreader launch at the Dwankhozi Community School in Zambia

Worldreader se expande a Zambia.

2014

Febrero

2014 UNHCR Worldreader launch in Tanzania

En colaboración con el Alto Comisionado de las Naciones Unidas para los Refugiados (ACNUR) se entregan 30.000 libros digitales a 2.000 estudiantes en cuatro colegios de los asentamientos para refugiados en Mishamo y Katumba, en Tanzania.

Marzo

Librarians and students hold Project LEAP Kindles at the Project LEAP launch

En colaboración con The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation lanzamos el proyecto LEAP (por sus siglas en inglés; bibliotecas, lectura electrónica, actividades y colaboración), el primer proyecto piloto que utiliza lectores electrónicos en bibliotecas de países emergentes. Este proyecto pone más de 50.000 libros digitales a disposición de ocho bibliotecas de Kenia.

Abril

Attendees at the 2014 Worldreader Community Conference

Nuestra primera conferencia anual «Worldreader Community Conference» tiene lugar en Nairobi, Kenia.

The cover of UNESCO's Reading in the Mobile Era report

La UNESCO publica un informe titulado Reading in the Mobile Era, un estudio sobre nuestra aplicación Worldreader Mobile y los hábitos de lectura de sus usuarios. Este informe ha sido el primero y más grande de su categoría.

Agosto

Book covers for Bafana Bafana, The Boxcar Children, Ama, Chicken Soup for the Child's Soul, and The Good Earth

Open Road Integrated Media dona más de 260 libros a Worldreader.

Septiembre

Students reading on Kindles at Agbado E-Learning Center in Ogun State, Nigeria

Worldreader se expande a Nigeria.

Noviembre

Windows Phone with Worldreader Mobile app

Worldreader Mobile se expande a la plataforma de Windows Mobile.

Cover of Ghana iREAD Study 2012-2014: Final Evaluation by Sarah Jaffe for Worldreader

Worldreader publica la evaluación final del proyecto iREAD, y muestra que los estudiantes leen más y mejor cuando tienen acceso a los lectores electrónicos de Worldreader.

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