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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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We’re Gone Reading, Yet Again :-)


GoneReading Founder

GoneReading Founder with Some Friends

There are at least a billion people on our planet who can’t read… 

In fact, let me quote myself from a past post:

“There are apparently about a billion people on our planet who don’t  choose to not read—they are, for various reasons, unable to obtain books…”

And, there are too few organizations doing something about that.

The one I’ll tell you about today is extremely unique—you buy something cool for yourself and doing so lets you help someone else have books to read.

That self-quote up there is from a post I did about this organization, GoneReading, back in 2011—It’s Simple. They’re Gone Reading :-)

That post has an interview with the Founder, Bradley S. Wirz.

In 2012, I wrote the post, Gone Reading, Again :-)

That post had this quote from Brad:

“We’re donating 100% of company profits to help fund non-profit organizations that already specialize in developing libraries in the poorest parts of the world….It’s amazing to see how a simple library can profoundly effect a local community.  Reading is a primary tool of self-improvement; without it, you don’t stand a chance.”

If you want more information about how the organization does its work of helping folks have books, check out those two past posts

Today, I want to entice you to help them do their job by showing you some of the things you can buy.

If you happen to forget where this post was and you suddenly want to visit GoneReading, I have a link in the left side-bar right under the pics of some of the readers of this blog :-)
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