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Worldreader Mobile Launches with Opera Software

May 7, 2015 By

Today, 9 million people across Africa are able to read books on their mobile phones thanks to our newest app, Worldreader Mobile Web (WRM-Web). This historical launch with Opera Software has the potential to bring digital books to our widest audience yet and we could not be more excited to share the news with you. … Continue Reading →

Decreasing Our Breakage Rate

June 8, 2012 By

Written by the Worldreader Research & Operations Team In his book The Fifth Discipline, MIT Professor Peter Senge defines a learning organization as a place “where people continually expand their capacity to create the results they truly desire, where new and expansive patterns of thinking are nurtured, where collective aspiration is set free, and where … Continue Reading →

Writers Changing Lives: A Chat with Hermés Piqué

June 7, 2012 By

By Jennifer Baljko Kids love books. They love games, too. And they love books that feel like games, and games that feel like books. First-hand feedback from teachers and students in our programs in Africa prove that last statement true. Things like flash cards, spelling quizzes, world maps and anything else that complements the learning … Continue Reading →

Testing a new platform for “Books for all”

February 13, 2012 By

Sometimes it’s important to step back and remember that Worldreader is about reading. We are not ‘the e-reader NGO’, nor ‘the Kindle guys’. We are simply ‘the folks who are transforming reading.’ Our core mission is to enable folks all over the developing world to read.  We do that by using new technology to deliver … Continue Reading →

Book Love, Live From Uganda

February 10, 2012 By

It’s another big week for Worldreader: We officially kicked off a new program in Uganda! We mentioned our Partner Program and  expansion plans a while back, and soon we’ll have more news about what’s happening and where we’re going next. Exciting stuff in the pipeline! In the meantime, here are a few photos and a near … Continue Reading →

Writers Changing Lives: A Chat With Kofi Okyere

February 6, 2012 By

We started this series last spring to spotlight authors who believed in the same thing we do: Reading has the power to transform lives. Since then, we’ve been engaging with many authors and are happily surprised by their generosity and support. It’s great to see our author community expand, but often, too, we like to … Continue Reading →

Loving Our Volunteers

February 2, 2012 By

As a lean, nonprofit social enterprise, much of what we do is powered by the enthusiasm of our volunteers. Now and again, Worldreader shines a light on their initiative, shares their on-the-ground experience with our broader community, and gives them a big public hug. You may remember, Sara Rhyne, for instance. She won our video … Continue Reading →

Writers Changing Lives: A Chat With Chika Unigwe

January 13, 2012 By

Worldreader recently spoke with Chika Unigwe, a Nigerian-born author now living in Belgium. We talked about the books she read as a child, writers who influenced her life, her early attempts at getting published, and the gift reading gives all of us. Here are excerpts of our Skype chat. WR: What book made you fall in … Continue Reading →

We’re Heading to Uganda! And Going Even Further…

December 13, 2011 By

A year ago, Worldreader officially launched “Books for All” in Ghana. A few months later, we went to Kenya. Today, we’re adding another great “first” to the list. The Worldreader  movement to transform reading in the developing world will be heading to Uganda! Right, Uganda! Can we get a shout-out?!? Why, you say? What’s the … 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 →


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