Meet the winners of TOC's Startup Showcase, Pt 1: Paperight

By Dan Eldridge
February 19, 2013 // 0 Comments

For those of you who either weren’t there or don’t happen to be familiar with it, the Startup Showcase that took place during last week’s Tools of Change (TOC) Conference in New York was something of a mini-entrepreneurial competition between 10 different publishing-related [...]

DHL Express Announces Partnership With Worldreader

By Dan Eldridge
November 10, 2012 // 0 Comments

We’ve written a few times in the past about Worldreader, the Seattle-based nonprofit that provides Amazon Kindle devices and e-books to schoolchildren in Uganda, Ghana, Kenya and Tanzania. And now, according to an item posted earlier this week on a news site known as GhanaWeb, DHL Express [...]

Wall Street Journal covers Worldreader African e-reader program

By Chris Meadows
June 17, 2012 // 1 Comment

The Wall Street Journal has a lengthy report on Worldreader, the program that provides Kindles and e-books to African schools. Comparing the program to One Laptop Per Child, the article quotes people with the program and educators and students who have taken advantage of it to say that it seems to [...]

Worldreader starts camapign to send 1 million ebooks to Africa

By Paul Biba
May 24, 2012 // 0 Comments

From the press release: Worldreader (, the non-profit transforming reading in developing countries by distributing digital books to children with limited access to literature, kicked off a campaign today with support from renowned soccer team FC Barcelona (Barça), asking people to [...]

Worldreader and USAID publish promising Ghana Ereader Project results

By Paul Biba
April 27, 2012 // 0 Comments

From the press release (blockquotes omitted): Worldreader, a non-profit organization whose aim is to bring digital books to all in the developing world, along with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and ILC Africa, today released the results of Worldreader’s pilot study of [...]

An update from Uganda from Worldreader

By Paul Biba
April 23, 2012 // 0 Comments

Today is World Book Day and what better way to celebrate it than receive news like this.  Worldreader recently got a note from Bernard Opio, Project Manager at the HUMBLE United Methodist school. We’re thrilled to see that after only a few weeks after our launch there, so much reading is [...]

Worldreader launches cell phone e-book app for African students

By Chris Meadows
April 3, 2012 // 1 Comment

PaidContent has a brief piece on world literacy program Worldreader, which has distributed over 75,000 e-books and e-readers to students in sub-Saharan Africa. (We’ve mentioned them a few times ourselves.) Worldreader is launching an application for Java-enabled feature phones that will allow [...]

Earning Credits for More Books – Worldreader

By Paul Biba
March 16, 2012 // 1 Comment

From the Worldreader blog: Meet Daniel Owusu, a 14-year-old junior high school student in Worldreader’s iREAD program. Daniel lives with his family on a farm in the tropical forest near the village, which makes for a long walk to school. He is the only one of the six children in his family to [...]

Testing a new platform for “Books for all” – from the Worldreader blog

By Paul Biba
February 13, 2012 // 0 Comments

Testing a new platform for “Books for all”: By Elizabeth Wood Sometimes it’s important to step back and remember that Worldreader is about reading. We are not ‘the e-reader NGO’, nor ‘the Kindle guys’. We are simply ‘the folks who are transforming reading.’ Our core mission is to [...]

Worldreader – Loving our volunteers

By Paul Biba
February 7, 2012 // 0 Comments

From the Worldreader blog.  Worldreader aims to put a library of books in the hands of families worldwide, using e-reader technology.  They have a post on their blog thanking volunteer  for his efforts.  Here is part of it: Here are a few things that have us in awe with Carl back in our [...]

Estate of Roald Dahl donates use of his books to Worldreader

By Paul Biba
October 18, 2011 // 1 Comment

From an email: I just wanted to point you in the direction of something that I think you’ll love.  Yesterday at the Frankfurt Book Fair, we announced something pretty exciting that has publishers in a buzz.  The Estate of Roald Dahl and Puffin Books have donated use of 4 of his beloved [...]

Worldreader: more stories of ereaders doing great things in Africa

By Jason Davis
April 1, 2011 // 0 Comments

If you don’t know about Worldreader, here’s the short version: it’s a charitable project devoted to giving Kindles and ebooks to change the lives of disadvantaged kids in Africa. It’s a brilliant program and, considering they have sent almost 40,000 books to Ghana in the last 4 months, [...]

Blogger: Send the third-world e-readers, not laptops

By Chris Meadows
February 22, 2011 // 5 Comments

On PC Pro, Stuart Turton blogs on his experience showing his Kindle to inhabitants of a very poor area of central India. He reports that even though they could have no idea what it possibly was, all the kids who saw his device were enthralled by its nifty features, and even the adults of the [...]

Worldreader programs in Florida, Ghana face similar challenges

By Chris Meadows
January 24, 2011 // 0 Comments

Susan Moody has posted an entry on the blog discussing the common challenges facing education programs using the Kindle in both Clearwater, Florida and Ghana. Both programs are meeting with success, but interestingly enough one of the biggest issues proved to be the same in both [...]

Random House donates thousands of books to WorldReader program

By libertyc
October 30, 2010 // 0 Comments

We posted about WorldReader twice so far this year. Today, some exciting news from WorldReader will make for post number three. First, in April we linked to news about the WorldReader program sending Kindles (with the help of Amazon) to test the e-reader in four African nations and see if it [...]

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