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Africa Stories

All Hands on Deck to End Illiteracy

September 7, 2017 By

Three quarters of a billion people can’t read this sentence, and perhaps one billion more are being held back through lack of access to books and low levels of literacy. Today on International Literacy Day there is a lot to celebrate. But the reality is that these statistics have remained stubbornly stable over the past … Continue Reading →

Pan-African Children’s Book Creation with Book Dash

May 3, 2017 By

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It’s 9am and the start of Book Dash in Johannesburg—a 12-hour marathon for 42 creative professionals, making 12 new story books. The titles are made available for free distribution, download, and translation under a Creative Commons license and will soon be available in the Worldreader library for readers across Africa and worldwide. Launched in 2014, … Continue Reading →

Redefining gender stereotypes to empower women and girls

March 8, 2017 By

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Empowering Women and Girls Around the world, nearly two thirds of illiterate people are women—a proportion that has remained unchanged for two decades. Despite progress made towards gender equality, women and girls continue to be held back because of their gender. In 2015, world leaders placed gender equality and empowerment of all women and girls at … Continue Reading →

Top Books that Made People Readers in 2016

December 27, 2016 By

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At Worldreader, we love using data to help our readers find books they not only want to open but love to read. That’s why this year, when thinking about our top books, we decided to focus on the books that drew people in and kept them reading. One of our biggest challenges at Worldreader is … Continue Reading →

How Do We Get Every Girl Reading?

October 11, 2016 By

A Global Girl Data Movement The 11th of October marks the International Day of the Girl Child. There are 1.1 billion girls around the world. Each one of them has incredible potential yet many of them are deprived of an education and subject to discrimination simply because they are girls. We’re taking measures to play … Continue Reading →

These free e-books are changing reading habits in Africa

September 16, 2016 By

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In July, Lidudumalingani was announced as the 2016 winner of the Caine Prize, a prestigious award promoting and fostering new writers out of Africa. Lidudumalingani is from a small village in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa and his winning story, ‘Memories We Lost’, is set in a fictional village similar to the one he … Continue Reading →

Mighty Humble Bundles Make a Huge Impact

August 25, 2016 By

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Humble Bundle is based on an innovative, but simple, premise: they assemble bundles of digital content (games, e-books and audiobooks) and let users pay what they want for them. What’s even better is that buyers are allowed to allocate a chosen amount of their payment to a charity attached to the Bundle. These incredible Bundles … Continue Reading →

Conservation Through Storytelling

August 3, 2016 By

The author James Baldwin once said that, “You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read.” Read enough and you will find yourself in someone else’s words. Read a little more and you might find yourself not in the story of another human, but in … Continue Reading →

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