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From 5 Million to 1 Billion Mobile Readers

September 29, 2015 By

David Risher and Bill Clinton at the CGI 2015 Annual Meeting

Last year at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting we made an ambitious commitment. We pledged to bring digital books to 5 million people in three years. Instead, it took us only one. That’s an enormous achievement. It means that in just one year, millions of more people around the world are now able to … Continue Reading →

5 Million People Reading. What It Takes.

October 26, 2014 By

Lila Tretikov with David Risher

Way back at the beginning of Worldreader, my friend Mike Sundermeyer told me a story about commitment that goes like this: A pig and a chicken were walking down the road. They passed a church and notice that a potluck charity breakfast was under way. Inspired to help, the pig suggested to the chicken that they … Continue Reading →

Books for All Expanding Thanks to a Partnership with Books for Africa

July 16, 2013 By

We’re thrilled to announce that Books For Africa, a leading non-profit shipper of books, has joined forces with Worldreader to send e-books and e-readers to schools and students across Africa in the coming months. Worldreader’s strength in providing life-changing e-books and e-readers for schools in Africa combined with Books For Africa’s impressive distribution network across the continent will … Continue Reading →

David is a Microsoft Integral Fellow!

December 6, 2011 By

We’re very excited to announce that our Executive Director and co-founder David Risher has been elected as a 2011 Microsoft Integral Fellow. This follows as intensive selection process led by the Microsoft Alumni Association and judged by a distinguished panel including Ashoka Founder Bill Drayton CNN’s medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta, and eBay Founder and Chairman Pierre … Continue Reading →

The Tale of Two E-Reader Pilots: Curating Content (Part 2)

October 5, 2011 By

About 18 months ago, before Worldreader even had office space, the team unpacked 20 Kindle 2s, and a handful of children’s books were uploaded onto the e-readers. With ambitious plans sketched out on paper and a lot hope in their suitcases, Worldreader’s Colin McElwee, David Risher, and Mike Sundermeyer flew from Barcelona to Ghana and started … Continue Reading →

Multi-continental successes

March 11, 2011 By

Worldreader has one co-founder in Africa and the other in California; and there are some pretty amazing news to share.  Here’s just two quick (but monumental) stories.  Thursday, Colin participated in a joint press event with USAID and Ghana Education Services in Accra.  Colin, Peter Argo (Deputy Mission Director from USAID), and Stephen Adu (Deputy Director … Continue Reading →

On Reading and Revolutions

February 11, 2011 By

It’s anyone’s guess if the events leading to Mubarak’s resignation would have happened without Facebook and Twitter.  Having visited Egypt myself last year, I can say that there’s been a tremendous amount of frustration and anger building up for years against the President and his policies.  And as many have noted, if the Egyptian people hadn’t … Continue Reading →

What about theft? The Worldreader pledge

December 10, 2010 By

One question friends often ask us is: what happens if the students lose their e-reader, or they get stolen? Of course, it’s a real issue, and we have several strategies we use to deal with this.  (We won’t talk about all of them here.) But so far, we haven’t found it to be a problem. … Continue Reading →

Teachers using E-Readers: Two stories

December 7, 2010 By

Last week’s introduction of the iREAD e-reader pilot rolled out in four major phases over three days in each of the six schools: The community introduction and pledge (Worldreader led) Day 1 of E-Reader distribution and instruction (Worldreader and teacher partnership) Day 2: E-Reader “deepening” (Teacher led; Worldreader absent) Day 3: E-readers integrated into class … Continue Reading →


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