Publerati, which we’ve covered before, is doing a nice give back until December 26. The are donating 100% of their publisher share of books sold to the Worldreader Organization, which turns into a double match because Quest Foundation will then match those donations, dollar for dollar.
Worldreader Organization is dedicated to eliminating illiteracy among the world’s poorest people. From their website:
Here’s how we do it: We start early using e-readers in primary schools where if kids fall behind, they almost never catch up. Kids begin reading thousands of local stories together with great international books that we’ve curated into the largest most culturally relevant libraries of books. Our rapid scaling capacity is the most effective and inexpensive way to eradicate illiteracy globally.
And the results are staggering: in less than 5 months children show significant improvements in fluency and comprehension and the gender gap closes. Once children are active readers, together with their families they can continue to access our content via our mobile phone app available to 80% of the developing world via feature phones– helping people make decisions, learn, grow and change their lives.
Very cool. I scanned the document detailing midterm study results, and I was interested to see that using eReaders narrowed the learning gap between girls and boys. The eReaders put them on a more equal footing in access to knowledge, which allowed the girls to keep up.
It sounds like a good program, so if you want to support literacy by buying books, this is a great time to do it.