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 the world and 250 million children of primary school age who lack basic reading and writing skills (UNESCO).
Worldreader is on a mission to bring digital books to every child and her family, so that they can improve their lives. Using e-readers, mobile phones and other digital technology, we reach readers in 69 countries, providing them with over 37,000 book titles in 43 languages. We currently work with over 140 publishers to acquire and digitize the most compelling and relevant content for our readers; 70% of our library comes from African and Indian publishers.
Since 2010, we've reached over 3 Million readers, with over 400,000 people reading every month. The increasing ubiquity and diminishing costs of digital technology enable us to work in an efficient and economical way. E-readers that cost over $300 when we started now cost less than $50, and digital books cost as little as pennies.
Through our efforts and our partnerships with device manufacturers, mobile operators, teachers, governments, and the communities where we work, Worldreader is working towards a world in which every child and her family have the books they need to improve their lives, the practice of reading is commonplace, and where illiteracy is a thing of the past.
To accomplish our
goals, Worldreader has created a worldwide logistics system, to provide
literacy training and support, co-publish books with African and US
publishers, measure our results obsessively, report on our progress, and
raise money and awareness for our mission. We have a worldwide team of
80+ staff and volunteers across seven countries and three continents
that have graduated from the world’s best schools, companies, and
non-profits and have accomplished the nearly impossible.
ethos of working hard, having fun and making history inspires our
culture, and the team shares a passion for reading and philanthropy.