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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

collaboration at book dash in south africa with worldreader

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 →

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 →

What Worldreaders are Reading in 2016

June 22, 2016 By

Worldreader is all about reading.  And the more we expand our collection of digital books, the more broadly people read. Each month, about 300,000 people read books on our mobile phone apps and another 100,000 people– primarily school-age students– read books on our e-readers.  When we first started, our collection numbered in the hundreds of … Continue Reading →

Top 5 Moments from Our 2016 Digital Reading Summits

May 27, 2016 By

Attendees at the Digital Reading Summits

Six years ago we had a big idea. We believed that digital technology could empower millions of readers around the world. We decided to test this idea. We approached publishers, government officials, teachers and communities asking them to give digital reading a chance. And they did. Today, the same stakeholders are experiencing the impact of … Continue Reading →

The Digital Reading Summit is Back!

April 6, 2016 By

Worldreader Digital Reading Summit

Today kicks off our 2016 Digital Reading Summit in Africa. Leaders and thinkers who believe in the power of digital reading to improve lives are convening in Accra, Ghana on April 6th and 7th and in Nairobi, Kenya on April 12th and 13th of April.   We live in an increasingly connected world where digital … Continue Reading →

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