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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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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.

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