At Worldreader, our collection of over 35,000 books in 43 languages lies at the heart of our mission to bring digital books to every child and her family, so that they can improve their lives.
Our Worldreader Library serves a huge range of interests and reading levels—from a primary-grade student in Ghana enjoying Akuapem Twi storybooks, to a busy high school teacher preparing for a biology class in Kenya, or a young woman in India improving her English language skills.
We are of the opinion that books, instead of growing moldy behind an iron grating, should be worn out under the eyes of many readers.
Jules Verne, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Worldreader Book
We distribute books in the following 43 languages.
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The Girl Power Collection
Mobile reading has been shown to close the gender gap in literacy rates in developing countries where Worldreader operates. As UNESCO’s Mark West and Han Ei Chew wrote, “Mobile reading opens up new pathways to literacy for marginalized groups, particularly women and girls, and others who may not have access to paper books.”This collection of stories of female empowerment takes the transformative power of mobile reading one step further.Example Titles: Let Me Tell You
, Mimi Mystery
, and Fatuma’s New Cloth
.Worldreader thanks Kathy Taylor and Terry Atkinson for their support in expanding this collection in the Worldreader Library.
The STEM Collection
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math education provides a path out of poverty and leads to careers in high growth fields like research, medicine, and the computer industry.Many of the texts in the STEM Collection include illustrations, charts, and research that are costly to license, digitize, convert, edit and format for distribution in the developing world.Worldreader thanks the Cisco Foundation for their support in expanding this collection in the Worldreader Library.Learn more
about our partnership with the Cisco Foundation.Photo Credit: National Human Genome Research Institute.
The Tanzania Collection
In 2014, Worldreader organized a conference to bring together different stakeholders in Tanzania’s publishing industry and encourage the digitization of materials for primary schools. These ebooks will be made available on devices that Worldreader helps place inside schools and classrooms throughout Tanzania
.Example Titles: Hadithi Za Esopo
, Mama Nimeze na Mimi
, and The Man from Tanga
.Worldreader thanks the family of Sibyl Frankenburg and Steve Kessel for providing the funds needed to make this project happen. Their generosity will impact thousands of students who need better access to books.
The Maternal and General Health Collections
Closing critical knowledge gaps is key to global health and development initiatives. It saves time, money, and lives.Many of the texts in the Maternal and General Health Collections include illustrations, charts, and research that are costly to license, digitize, convert, edit and format for distribution in the developing world.Example Title: Where There Is No Doctor
.Photo Credit: National Cancer Institute.
The South Asia Collection
India currently has the world’s largest population of illiterates, a disproportionate number of whom are women and girls. As Worldreader expands into South Asia, with a focus on India, we are working to build up our library to match our users’ needs by adding Indian storybooks, early readers, novels and texts in English and an array of local languages.Example Titles: Fresh Milk
and Going to Buy a Book
The Financial Literacy and Self-Help Collection Equal access to sound financial planning advice is not a privilege but a right.Many of the texts in the Financial Literacy and Self-Help Collection include illustrations, charts, and research that are costly to license, digitize, convert, edit and format for distribution in the developing world.Photo Credit: U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
The Content Team:
The Content team consists of a motley crew of book lovers from around the world with diverse tastes. We all love different books, but we stand united in the belief that access to a diversity of books (ideas, stories, history, education) is a fundamental right.
We are extremely proud of the library we are building and immensely grateful to the people who are helping us build it. We believe it is full of incredible stories, fascinating characters and exciting places. We have designed it to be a place where seasoned book enthusiasts and new initiates alike will find something to love, and we invite them all to step inside its digital doors.