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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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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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