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Literacy, NGOs, and Business . . .

Let’s start with the Business in the title of this post—Fast CompanyWorldreader and Fast Company

“Fast Company is the world’s leading progressive business media brand, with a unique editorial focus on innovation in technology, ethonomics (ethical economics), leadership, and design. Written for, by, and about the most progressive business leaders, Fast Company and inspire readers and users to think beyond traditional boundaries, lead conversations, and create the future of business.”

Now, NGOs — Non-Governmental Organizations:

“Usually set up by ordinary citizens, NGOs may be funded by governments, foundations, businesses, or private persons. Some avoid formal funding altogether and are run primarily by volunteers. NGOs are highly diverse groups of organizations engaged in a wide range of activities, and take different forms in different parts of the world. Some may have charitable status, while others may be registered for tax exemption based on recognition of social purposes.”

And, Literacy; specifically, Worldreader:

“Worldreader is about e-books, reading and literacy…a US, Europe and Africa-based nonprofit organization transforming the lives of people in the developing world. Our mission is to unlock the potential of millions of people through the use of digital books in places where access to reading materials is very limited.”

Worldreader Is One Of Fast Company’s Most Innovative NGOs Of 2016

From their site:

“This year’s Top 10 Not-For-Profit companies include the likes of Black Lives Matter, UNICEF and Humans of New York, among others. Each of these organizations is playing their part in designing our future. We believe that our world should be a literate one. ‘We are grateful to play a part in creating a more literate world, and are deeply humbled to have our work acknowledged by Fast Company’ says our CEO and Co-Founder David Risher.”

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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:


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


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

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#Wattpad #Authors & 2015’s Best Brain Pickings . . .

Another year… 

Tomorrow, this blog will be 5 years old—with 1,327 posts

Looking back in just the right way can help you look forward

One thing I definitely did right in 2015 was to engage with Wattpadexplained by them as “…a place to discover and share stories: a social platform that connects people through words. It is a community that spans borders, interests, languages. With Wattpad, anyone can read or write on any device: phone, tablet, or computer.”

Another thing I did was to enliven the already existing 60 Author Interviews by adding interviews with two Wattpad AuthorsHolly GonzalezJ. A. Partridge.

And, in case you’re not a follower of Maria Popova‘s blog, Brain Pickings, I’ll leave you with enough interesting reading to get you well into next year :-) 

“The paradoxical psychology of why we fall in love, what maturity really means, how our emotions affect our immune system, the transformative power of solitude, and a year’s worth more.”

The Best of Brain Pickings 2015

* Happy New Year *

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The Gift of Reading

December 25th, for many people, is a time of gift-giving… WorldReader

It seems most folks who give gifts on this day give them to family and friends

Some take the time, and in some cases sacrifice a bit of money, to give gifts to people they don’t know

I came across an article in The Bookseller called ‘Data-light’ in the deep field with Worldreader.

It’s by Danielle Zacarius, director of content and publisher relations with Worldreader.

There are many reasons I’d encourage you to read that article; but, if you don’t, please try just one thing.

If you have a mobile phone, go to your browser and open to see what over a million people in 69 countries use to receive the gift of reading.

You can also find out why those people in all those countries consider Worldreader as a gift-giver with certain apps:

“Worldreader Mobile is a single place to discover, read, and collect free e-books in a variety of languages, from different parts of the world. Find storybooks to read to your children, access textbooks to help you with your assignments, or look up important health information you’ve been curious about. Worldreader Mobile is available on any internet-enabled mobile phone, including on the simplest feature phones.”

If you glance back up at the image of the world (click it to see a larger map), notice that the light blue countries are where Worldreader mobile is available; and, the dark blue countries also have access to the mobile site but, in addition, have the bounty of e-readers full of books (given away by Worldreader)

I’ve talked about Worldreader before on this blog and I hope you take that last link—if not, try the Worldreader blog

If you’re reading this post, you must consider the ability to read a fabulous Gift—Go Here to give the Gift to others
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World-Loved Author Donates to WorldReader

No Re-Blog today—I got an important e-mail… Paulo Coelho - WorldReader

I’ve blogged here before about the organization WorldReader.

You can read more about the good WorldReader does but here’s just a taste:

Creating a Literate World

Literacy is transformative: it increases earning potential, decreases inequality, improves health outcomes and breaks the cycle of poverty (UNESCO). Yet there are 740 million illiterate people in this world and 250 million children of primary school age who lack basic reading and writing skills (UNESCO). Books are necessary for the development of these skills, and still 50% of schools in Africa have few or no books at all (SACMEQ II).

Worldreader is on a mission to bring digital books to every child and her family, so that they can improve their lives.

And, here’s what the e-mail I got this morning said:

Dear Alexander,

In the words of Paulo Coelho, life is an education. It is a journey of continuous learning that allows us to find love and happiness in our daily lives. The wise words of Paulo Coelho have inspired millions around the world and thanks to Paulo’s generosity, his books will inspire millions more in Africa. I’m ecstatic to share with you that Paulo Coelho has donated three titles to the Worldreader digital library: The Supreme Gift, Christmas Stories, Stories for Parents, Children and Grandchildren.

Now, all of our readers in Africa, whether they are reading on e-readers or mobile devices, can open their minds and hearts to Paulo Coelho’s beautiful and transformative lessons.

Read more about Paulo Coelho’s support and be sure to share the exciting news with your family and friends!


Danielle Zacarias
Director of Content & Publisher Relations

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