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Why Are There Still So Many People Who Don’t Have Books to Read?

Many organizations and individuals work very hard to get books to those who have none… worldreader

An organization I’ve written about before is WorldReader (here are the posts I’ve done about them…).

Here’s just a bit of explanation of what WorldReader does:

“Literacy is transformative

“It increases earning potential, decreases inequality, improves health outcomes and breaks the cycle of poverty. Books are necessary for the development of literacy skills yet millions of people still have limited access to books.

“We’re changing this.”

WorldReader does its work by supplying folks with e-readers stocked with books appropriate for their age and culture

TechCrunch, had an article involving WorldReader called, Amazon Launches the Kindle Reading Fund to Expand Digital Reading Around the World.

The article indicates how broadly Amazon‘s initiative reaches…

Here’s an excerpt about their affiliation with WorldReader:

“The company says its new collaboration with Worldreader will see Amazon donating thousands of Kindle e-readers to developing nations. The two have worked together previously, however. For example, Amazon recently supported Worldreader’s LEAP 2.0 library partnership in Kenya, which reaches around 500,000 people by bringing digital reading to 61 libraries in the country.”

It’s been said there are one billion people on our planet with no access to books

If you want to be inspired to do something about this, watch these two videos

This one was done in association with Kindle:

This one is from WorldReader, directly:

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E-Readers Can Be A Saving Grace . . .

Some like paper, some like pixels, some like both

But, if you check out my previous post, E-Readers vs Paper Books ~ What’s The Fuss?, and scroll down to the thought-experiment by Joe Konrath, you might see some clear advantages of e-readers

Also, an article in The Wall Street Journal, An E-Reader Revolution for Africa?, spells out some critical advantages for the digital version of reading—-some excerpts follow:

“The Humble School, which serves needy children in a part of Africa ravaged by poverty and HIV, is on the front lines of an effort to reinvent developing world literacy programs with technology.”

“Africa is littered with well-intentioned technology programs that fail because devices don’t get used, fall into the wrong hands or just can’t find enough power to run.”

“Compared with traditional books, e-readers make it easy to distribute works from African authors that can be hard to get in print. Previously, Humble School’s library contained mostly books donated from America. ‘The first books we got were mainly about the U.S., with kids playing in ice—which our pupils would not understand’, says Ester Nabwire, the school’s head teacher. ‘With the Kindles, there are African authors, African names which are exciting the kids.'”

“In Worldreader‘s first test, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development at six schools in Ghana starting in 2010, the group found that primary-school students who got Kindles increased their performance on standardized reading tests from about 13% to 16%.

“For kids who develop a love for reading, there is another benefit that is hard to quantify: a seemingly endless library. ‘I can access every book I want to read very quickly’, says Eperence Uwera, a 13-year-old Rwandan refugee at the Humble School. ‘I would love to go [home] with the Kindle during the holidays.'”

..And, from the Humble School blog, this compelling testimony:

“I did not really like to read until we received the e-readers.  Now I love to read!”

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