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Unlocking Opportunity: Penguin Random House and Worldreader team up for Giving Tuesday

November 19, 2018 By

We are proud to announce that beginning on Giving Tuesday (November 27, 2018) all purchases made through Penguin Random House’s website (PRH.com) will include a donation to support readers in Africa. Worldreader is a nonprofit championing digital reading in underserved communities to create a world where everyone can be a reader. A $1 contribution for each purchase from Penguin Random House will ensure that one new ebook is made available to students in Worldreader programs in Sub-Saharan Africa.

“The idea behind Giving Tuesday is that when we all come together, we can achieve the unimaginable,” said Worldreader’s Director of Content, Susan Rimerman. “Partnerships like this one with our long-time partner Penguin Random House bring us one step closer to creating a world where everyone can be a reader. We’re excited to work with a company that has spread the love of reading to millions to help foster the next generation of book lovers.”

“We at Penguin Random House are thrilled to mark Giving Tuesday with the start of this initiative in support of Worldreader’s goal of promoting global literacy through ebooks. We invite readers to help us contribute to this amazing organization to further their mission, which is one that we at Penguin Random House share,” said Claire von Schilling, Executive Vice President of Global Communications and Head of Social Responsibility, Penguin Random House.

This special event will run for one week on PRH.com from November 27 until December 4.

In addition to this Giving Tuesday pledge, Penguin Random House has donated more than 500 titles from its imprints for use by Worldreader in their programs in Africa with more than 521,225 ebook copies provided over eight years. With this Giving Tuesday contribution, Worldreader will be able to offer an even more diverse and expansive array of ebooks to their readers.

 

About Worldreader

Worldreader is a global nonprofit championing digital reading in underserved communities to create a world where everyone can be a reader. The organization provides students and their families with a free digital library available on e-readers and mobile phones, complemented with a suite of reading support programs. Since 2010, over 9 million people across 50 countries have read from their digital library of over 35,000 local and international e-books. Worldreader works with device manufacturers, local and international publishers, government agencies, education officials, and local communities to help readers worldwide.

 

About Penguin Random House

Penguin Random House, the world’s largest trade book publisher, is dedicated to its mission of nourishing a universal passion for reading by connecting authors and their writing with readers everywhere. The company, which employs more than 10,000 people globally, was formed on July 1, 2013, by Bertelsmann and Pearson, who own 75 percent and 25 percent, respectively. With nearly 275 independent imprints and brands on five continents, Penguin Random House comprises adult and children’s fiction and nonfiction print and digital English- and Spanish-language trade book publishing businesses in more than 20 countries worldwide. With over 15,000 new titles, and close to 800 million print, audio and eBooks sold annually, Penguin Random House’s publishing lists include more than 60 Nobel Prize laureates and hundreds of the world’s most widely read authors.