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5 Million Mobile Readers with Opera

September 1, 2015 By

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Today, Worldreader is celebrating a huge milestone on our path to bringing reading to everyone on the planet. We’ve partnered with Opera Software, and together, in just 5 months, we’ve reached 5 million mobile readers in Africa. Globally, this means that Worldreader has enabled over 6 million people in Asia, Africa and South America, to … 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 →

Top Books Improving Lives in 2014

January 23, 2015 By

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In 2014, our top ten most completed books on Worldreader Mobile fell into three distinct categories: information about Ebola, romantic novels and practical information about human sexuality. Or, as I like to think of it: survival, escapism and pragmatism. Survival Late in 2013 a few cases of Ebola were reported in Guinea. Shortly after, new … Continue Reading →

Introducing the Worldreader Book Club

December 22, 2014 By

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I joined Worldreader earlier this year after seeing the books in our library. Getting kids in Ghana books FROM Ghana was something that I could not get behind enough. Sure it’s great to get books into the hands of kids, but it’s what’s in those books that is so monumentally important, and I should know: … Continue Reading →

Bestselling Books by RosettaBooks to Benefit Worldreader

December 2, 2014 By

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The holidays are upon us. We’ve all got so much on our mind: the meals we’ll make, the trips we’ll take, the gifts we’ll give. But how can you make your holidays even more meaningful this year? By giving gifts that make a difference. RosettaBooks, a leading independent publisher and Worldreader partner, has discounted 152 e-books … Continue Reading →

2014 Tech Awards: We Won The Microsoft Education Award

November 27, 2014 By

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Anyone who’s seen Worldreader’s headquarters here in San Francisco understands that our organization knows how to do a lot with a little. Words like “austere” and “spartan” and “converted old garage space” often come up when describing our digs. So, a few weeks ago, I was thrilled to deliver a new addition into the office that … Continue Reading →

Learnings From Libraries: Our Midterm LEAP Report

September 29, 2014 By

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At Worldreader, our staff is full of avid library fans. Many of us spent our childhood days in local libraries, thumbing through well-worn pages of soon-to-be favorite books, searching through card catalogs to find the newest installments of The Boxcar Children or Sweet Valley High. Some of us even remember how the Dewey Decimal system … Continue Reading →

Worldreader partners with the Cisco Foundation to bring 10,000 pieces of STEM content to 2 million readers

September 5, 2014 By

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When Malawian-born William Kamkwamba found a library book called Using Energy, he used it to help him build a fully functional windmill. He was only 14. It generated enough energy to reliably power four lights and two radios in his family’s home. William became an international hero. There is a broader narrative into which William’s … Continue Reading →