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Find #Gifts for #Readers & Help Build #Libraries


Gone Reading It was back in October of 2011 that I interviewed Bradley S. Wirz of Gone Reading International, in the post, It’s Simple. They’re Gone Reading :-)

A few brief excerpts:

“My corporate life had taken its toll.  I’ll spare you the details, but I found myself curled up in the fetal position in a hotel room in New York City.  I called my wife and said ‘I can’t do this anymore!’

“By coincidence I had previously committed to going on a volunteer trip to Honduras in a few weeks’ time.  Our project involved helping to build a library in the middle of the Honduran jungle.  That’s what got the wheels turning in my mind.”

>>>So, Brad, how does GoneReading work?

“GoneReading is a lifestyle brand of merchandise and gifts for book lovers like you and me.  Our current offering consists of original designs, each coupled with a slogan to pique the interest of readers…Everything is available for purchase at the GoneReading Store.

“We’re donating 100% of the company profits in perpetuity to fund new libraries in the developing world.  We actually wrote that into our corporate charter.”

There are around a billion fellow humans who don’t read because they can’t get books

Folks like Brad are doing something about it and helping folks like me and you do something, too

Here are just a few of the categories of gifts for readers you can buy and have your purchase help Brad help others build libraries:

Book Holders, eReader & Tablet Stands

Book Journals for Readers

Floating Bookshelves

Literary Mugs & Drinkware

Cards & Stationery

And, there are 19 more categories of gifts at the GoneReading Store :-)

Plus, on their FAQ page, you’ll find this Mission Statement:

“We envision a world where everyone has the opportunity to better themselves through the open pursuit of the dreams and ideals of their choosing.  We envision a world where such opportunity exists for everyone, regardless of their country of origin or locale.  Our mission is to bring the world closer to this vision by helping to ensure that everyone has open access to the reading materials they want and need.  We accomplish this mission by providing new funds for reading-related charities that focus their work across the developing world.”

And, here’s a very excited Karen Blue reviewing a few things from GoneReading :-)
As you watch, don’t forget this quote from Brad:

“We’re donating 100% of the company profits in perpetuity to fund new libraries in the developing world.”


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Some of the “Best” Books of 2015


WorldReader I got an email the other day from WorldReader—“…on a mission to bring digital books to every child and her family, so that they can improve their lives.”

The email directed me to their article, Top Books Read in 2015, from which I’ll share a few excerpts, in the hope of encouraging you to read the whole article:

“Access is the initial hurdle when building a literate world, so books need to be easily accessible, especially in places where they have historically been sparse. Thanks to Worldreader, readers anywhere in the world can access a library of over 28,000 free books in dozens of languages.”

“The top 5 books read by men and women across Africa and Asia are near mirrors of each other. Both lists are populated with Romance titles…and sexual health guides... Considering societal constraints, such as ideas about what men should read and what material is considered not feminine, it’s interesting to see men’s and women’s taste as similar until you consider this: reading on a mobile phone offers a private reading environment a print book cannot afford.”

Do, please, read the full article…

Next to consider are a few books from Livia Blackburne, Neuroscientist and Author, from her blog, A Brain Scientist’s Take on WritingMy Favorite Reads from 2015.

I’ll list the books but urge you to read what she says about them by visiting the full article:

Non-Fiction:

Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls are Not for Sale, an Activist Finds Her Calling and Heals Herself by Rachel Lloyd

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand

Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick

Fiction:

To Say Nothing of the Dog (Oxford Time Travel #2) by Connie Willis

Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork

The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Trilogy #1) by Marie Rutkoski

An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes #1) by Sabaa Tahir

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

And, perhaps you’ll check out Livia’s Author Site
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