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These free e-books are changing reading habits in Africa

September 16, 2016 By

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In July, Lidudumalingani was announced as the 2016 winner of the Caine Prize, a prestigious award promoting and fostering new writers out of Africa. Lidudumalingani is from a small village in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa and his winning story, ‘Memories We Lost’, is set in a fictional village similar to the one he … Continue Reading →

Conservation Through Storytelling

August 3, 2016 By


The author James Baldwin once said that, “You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read.” Read enough and you will find yourself in someone else’s words. Read a little more and you might find yourself not in the story of another human, but in … Continue Reading →

What Worldreaders are Reading in 2016

June 22, 2016 By

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Worldreader is all about reading.  And the more we expand our collection of digital books, the more broadly people read. Each month, about 300,000 people read books on our mobile phone apps and another 100,000 people– primarily school-age students– read books on our e-readers.  When we first started, our collection numbered in the hundreds of … Continue Reading →

New Hesperian Health Guides for Africa

December 14, 2015 By

Hesperian donates health manuels to Worldreader for families in Africa

Millions of people die every year of the most preventable diseases and common illnesses. This horrible reality is due to the lack of basic medical information available worldwide. In many parts of the world, health resources are only as good as the outdated books and government flyers that circulate through the community and more likely … Continue Reading →

New Solar Energy Report Unveils Unexpected Results

November 19, 2015 By


Experts say solar energy could be the world’s largest source of power by 2050. Africa’s solar power potential is massive and could play a key role in solving the continent’s energy issues. On a global scale, this is essential to tackling the climate crisis our planet faces today, according to The Africa Progress Report, 2015. … Continue Reading →

This Halloween Experience Goosebumps

October 16, 2015 By

Goosebumps series with Humble Bundle

Halloween is just around the corner. That means it’s time for trick-or-treating, pumpkin carving, watching your favorite horror films and telling scary stories in the dark. Some of the scariest children’s horror stories today remain those from R.L Stine’s classic Goosebumps series. His best-selling books, such as ‘The Haunted Mask,’ are the perfect bone-chilling accompaniment … Continue Reading →

Inspiring Young Minds in Africa with Chelsea Clinton

October 6, 2015 By

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We often think of global challenges as something grown-ups ponder and that tackling complex world issues such as gender equality, climate change and epidemics should be left to the adults. But that’s not the case. So many of today’s world challenges have the biggest impact on our youth. And children and young adults feel a … Continue Reading →

5 Million Mobile Readers with Opera

September 2, 2015 By


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 →