Stories by Elizabeth Hensick Wood

Over 1 million hours of mobile reading in 2014

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If you think people in the developing world don’t read on their mobile phones, think again. This year alone, people across Africa and Asia have spent 1,028,109 hours reading on Worldreader Mobile. That’s a whopping 42,838 days and a mind-blowing 117 years! Our readers have used their phone to devour a range of reading materials including … Continue Reading →

Confessions of an African Author Fan

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The weather in London was glorious, but I was firmly ensconced in the overly air conditioned environment of the British Library for three days of the 2nd annual Africa Writes Festival. I’d come to speak at the Digital Publishing event but the real highlight – and the reason I missed Andy Murray making history – … Continue Reading →

News: We ♥ Kenyan publishers

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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 →

What’s on their e-readers- Part 2

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On Monday, I introduced my “Meet the Readers” blog series and now I will share with you Part 2. Meet Abigail Amoh Paintstil, a student at Kade SHS.  I remember meeting her–in fact, we interviewed her after school and she said she wants to become a journalist when she grows up.  “Then you have to … Continue Reading →

What’s on their e-readers?

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As Director of Digital Publishing for Worldreader, I am constantly looking at what our students in Ghana are reading so I can try to get more of what interests them.  What I adore about this job is seeing how complex these childrens’ interests are–I like to imagine them sitting in their homes and exploring the … Continue Reading →