Worldreader is an organization that works towards an aim to eradicate illiteracy in deprived areas where standard modes of literacy and its tools cannot hope to reach. This they do by supplying eReaders and ebooks to such areas which are under the coverage of 3G and Wi-Fi yet cannot hope to get regular shipments of printed books all the time. As of the end of 2012 generous contributions from its contributors and the efforts of Worldreader has made it possible to distribute more than 500,000 books among children who would have otherwise had no access to them.
One of these contributors is Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, who has been an active supporter of the cause that drives Worldreader. He has recently made his second personal contribution to the tune of $500,000. It is funding like these which make it possible for Worldreader to continue their work in making more and more ebook titles available for the students along with dedicated eReaders or reading app installed mobile phones to under privileged students in numerous countries around the world.
In a press release issued by Worldreader, the organization mentioned that 2013 has been so far a busy year for them. Apart from the existing eReader programs that the organization already has in Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda, last week they sent out more than 1000 eReaders meant for more than 2500 students in 20 schools in Kisumu, Kenya. Additionally a new eReader program was launched in South Africa.
In an ambitious note it was also mentioned that by the end of the first quarter of 2013, more than 10,000 children across 32 schools libraries in Sub-Saharan Africa would be using their eReaders, along with more than 500,000 people a month using mobiles phones with their reading apps installed.
Apart from making available some of the most popular world titles it has been a conscious effort by Worldreader to bring works by local and culturally more relevant authors to their audience as well.