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Meet the winners of TOC’s Startup Showcase, Pt 1: Paperight
February 19, 2013 | 1:16 pm

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 startup companies. As TOC explains on its website, the competition is designed to "[give] groundbreaking startups a chance to show their stuff to the world." At various times throughout the three-day TOC conference, attendees were encouraged to wander throughout the hotel's seventh floor ballroom, where the chosen startups were explaining their business models and demonstrating their products and...

DHL Express Announces Partnership With Worldreader
November 10, 2012 | 12:26 pm

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 and Worldreader have announced a mutually-benficial partnership. "Through the partnership," according to the article, "DHL Express will deliver Worldreader’s educational products to African countries, enabling the non-profit organization to purchase more e-readers and books for distribution to those in need." From the article: "DHL Express was the first international express company to operate in Africa and is the only carrier...

Wall Street Journal covers Worldreader African e-reader program
June 17, 2012 | 10:26 pm

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 be successful so far. One benefit of the Kindles, say the educators, is that they make it easier for the educators to use books by local authors: Compared with traditional books, e-readers make it easy to distribute works from African authors that can be...

Worldreader starts camapign to send 1 million ebooks to Africa
May 24, 2012 | 8:46 am

Logo 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 help send 1 million e-books to students in sub-Saharan Africa. Using new technology and digital platforms, a $5.00 donation to Worldreader provides students in Africa with access to books that educate and inspire, so they can improve their lives.  Donations can be made through Having already put more than 100,000 e-books into the hands of 1,000 students in Africa, Worldreader is...

Worldreader and USAID publish promising Ghana Ereader Project results
April 27, 2012 | 9:34 am

Logo 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 e-readers in Ghana. Titled iREAD, the pilot program involved the wireless distribution of over 32,000 local and international digital books using Kindle e-readers to 350 students and teachers at six pilot schools in Ghana’s Eastern Region between November 2010 and September 2011. According to the USAID-funded report from ILC Africa, an independent measurement and evaluation firm, the Worldreader...

An update from Uganda from Worldreader
April 23, 2012 | 9:19 am

Screen shot 2012 04 23 at 12 29 38 PM 300x224 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 happening!  See for yourself below… ‘I was very happy on the day when the students had the e-reader competition and evaluation of the week’s use of the e-readers. These were general achievements that the students have got from the use of the e-readers; The pupils have improved on their reading skill, since they do...

Worldreader launches cell phone e-book app for African students
April 3, 2012 | 9:56 pm

worldreadercellPaidContent 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 them to read e-books and access web sites such as Facebook over ordinary mobile phone signals. The ultimate goal is to have “thousands” of e-books available on the app, Worldreader’s director of digital publishing Elizabeth Wood told The Bookseller: “Yes, this is a leap of faith for publishers, giving away some of their content...

Earning Credits for More Books – Worldreader
March 16, 2012 | 9:37 am

Screen shot 2012 03 12 at 1 37 15 PM3 212x300 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 have a Kindle, and he loves it with passion. According to his grandmother, Daniel often gets so immersed in his reading that he does not hear when they call him for food. Daniel wants to become a doctor. Daniel was one of the 25 students who earned $8 of...

Testing a new platform for “Books for all” – from the Worldreader blog
February 13, 2012 | 9:55 am

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 enable folks all over the developing world to read.  We do that by using new technology to deliver thousands of books to those who previously had few to no books. For the past two years, we have been doing this using 3G enabled e-readers (the amazing Amazon Kindle) in schools in Ghana and Kenya.  We have...

Worldreader – Loving our volunteers
February 7, 2012 | 8:08 am

Logo 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 Barcelona office and excerpts from his blog: 1. His knack for trouble-shooting and encouraging kids to use built-in features on their Kindles: “I suggested they tried out the ‘text to speech feature’ one day, a function of the Kindle Keyboard, which reads out a book’s content with a computer voice....

Estate of Roald Dahl donates use of his books to Worldreader
October 18, 2011 | 9:05 am

Logo 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 classics to the African children in our program.  These are wonderful additions to our growing library of books which will have kids all over the developing world fall in love with reading.  And--it's pretty amazing to think that e-reader technology enables forward-thinking publishers and...

Worldreader: more stories of ereaders doing great things in Africa
April 1, 2011 | 11:06 am

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, it’s making a big impact. The find out more about the project, donate time or money (or books) or just read some really heartwarming stories, check it out here, or the blog. There’s also plenty of that in this month’s newsletter: Exactly a year ago in the village of Anenyah,...

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