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Africa Stories

You Won’t Believe This 8 Year Old

July 1, 2015 By

Kenya's youngest author, Ngure, does a speach at the launch of his book Out of the Box

Out of the Box was written by Kenya’s youngest author, Ngure Matu Ndiritu. The book was published in 2014 when Ngure was just eight years old; he’s been writing stories since he was five. A young man with a boldness that is hard to miss when he shares his future plans: “I’m not wasting time, … Continue Reading →

Sarah Obama Library Goes Digital With Worldreader

June 15, 2015 By

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President Barack Obama believes that every child has the right to education. He also believes that every child deserves the chance to learn and thrive in an environment that is enriched by the latest technology. That’s why in April 2015, President Obama launched a national program to help low-income kids access $250 million worth of … Continue Reading →

Girls Empowered By E-Books In One Of Africa’s Largest Slums

May 29, 2015 By

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Since 2010, Worldreader launched 92 digital reading initiatives in sub-Saharan Africa. Most of these projects have been launched in partnership with other nonprofits or organizations making a lasting change in their communities. One new digital reading initiative with the Kibera School for Girls (KSG), still has us reeling with excitement. Odede and his dream Kennedy … Continue Reading →

African Digital Reading Summits: a Success!

May 8, 2015 By

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“Immerse Yourself In the Digital Era” was the driving theme of our Digital Reading Summits in Nairobi, Kenya and Accra, Ghana last month. Collectively, 300 representatives from 10 countries across sub-Saharan Africa convened to discuss the impact of digital reading and the opportunities it represents to readers everywhere. The participants spanned across the public, private, … Continue Reading →

Worldreader Mobile Launches with Opera Software

May 7, 2015 By

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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 →

World Book Day: Libraries Thrive with E-Books

April 23, 2015 By

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  While we celebrate the life-changing power of books everyday at Worldreader, today is extra special. Why? Because we’ve just released a new, ground-breaking report that shows the effects of digital books in libraries! At the start of 2014 Worldreader embarked on an ambitious partnership with the Kenya National Library Service (KNLS), the Bill & Melinda … Continue Reading →

Digital Reading Brings Africa Together

April 16, 2015 By

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We’re thrilled to be hosting our second annual Digital Reading Summit in two countries very special to Worldreader’s mission: Ghana and Kenya. These countries are pioneering the future of Africa’s digital reading revolution and contributing towards making Worldreader’s vision of bringing books to all a foreseeable and promising reality. This year’s Worldreader Digital Reading Summit … Continue Reading →

E-Reading Grows in Uganda

March 27, 2015 By

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Community-led and locally-owned initiatives are what make Worldreader e-reading programs sustainable. It is especially important to have the community’s support behind the e-reading programs, to ensure students have the resources and encouragement they need to excel. Such was the case with a new Worldreader partner, Yamba Abaana, an organization that worked to establish a Worldreader … Continue Reading →

E-Books Against Ebola

March 19, 2015 By

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Did you know that Ebola survivors become immune to the virus, turning them into excellent caregivers in Ebola clinics? Neither did I before starting to compile a series of Ebola books for Worldreader Mobile. The latest outbreak in West Africa has been the largest and most complex Ebola outbreak since the virus was discovered in … Continue Reading →