worldreader.org

Worldreader provides digital books to the developing world, so that millions of people can improve their lives. We use mobile technology to deliver tens of thousands of African, European, and North American textbooks, reference books, storybooks, and literature to millions of mobile phones and e-readers across Asia, India, and Africa. This provides children, teachers, and families with what may be their only access to books, both in and outside of the classroom. What sets Worldreader apart is our impact in the communities we serve. Children and adults in these communities measurably read more, measurably read better, and have access to the knowledge they need to transform their lives. W...

worldreader.org
2030 1st Avenue
Suite 300
Seattle, Washington 98121
United States
2065886057
http://www.worldreader.org/

President and Co-Founder

David Risher

Management Team

Colin McElwee, David Risher, Neil Johnston, Zev Lowe, Elizabeth Wood, Susan Moody, Tina Tam

Board of Directors

Peter Spiro, David Risher, Colin McElwee, Charles Brighton, Harrison Miller, Jenny Shilling Stein, Kartik Raghavan, Sue Sanderson, David Risher, Neil Johnston, Zev Lowe, Elizabeth Wood, Susan Moody, Tina Tam

Mission

Worldreader provides digital books to the developing world, so that millions of people can improve their lives. We use mobile technology to deliver tens of thousands of African, European, and North American textbooks, reference books, storybooks, and literature to millions of mobile phones and e-readers across Asia, India, and Africa. This provides children, teachers, and families with what may be their only access to books, both in and outside of the classroom. What sets Worldreader apart is our impact in the communities we serve. Children and adults in these communities measurably read more, measurably read better, and have access to the knowledge they need to transform their lives. Worldreader is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, established in September 2010, with offices in San Francisco, Seattle, Accra - Ghana, and Kisumu - Kenya.

Programs

Worldreader-enabled Cellular Phones: Cellular phones are almost ubiquitous in most markets across the developing world. Although the developed world enjoys 3G networks and high-end smartphones, 6 billion people in the developing world have basic, "feature phones" and at best, 2G connectivity. Worldreader's partner biNu has a patented technology that effectively delivers a "smart phone" experience over 2G networks to these basic feature phone users. Using extreme data compression and cloud-based processing, people with inexpensive feature phones can now read books and stories from Worldreader, as well as search on Google, share on Facebook and access the Internet, all with 'smart-phone-like' speed and minimal data costs. Worldreader-enabled E-readers: With the active collaboration of our partners, Worldreader acquires e-readers, protective covers, weather-resistant jackets, battery-powered book lights, and cables from their respective makers (either as gifts in-kind or at substantially below-retail prices), pre-loads the e-readers with hundreds of digital books from the many thousands of books we have sourced from publishers around the world, and ships the resultant "Worldreader Kit" to countries in the developing world. Worldreader Kits: A Kit contains e-readers for up to three classrooms loaded with local and international e-books, accompanying accessories, and support materials to help local schools implement Worldreader programs everywhere, improving the lives of children, families and communities. A Worldreader Kit is significantly less expensive than purchasing e-readers and digital books at retail. Worldreader Kits are used by a wide variety of partner organizations, from small startups to large NGOs, who collaborate with Worldreader to create an instant "library that never closes". Worldreader Kits are in use in multiple communities in Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe; soon to launch in Ethiopia and further expansion scheduled in 2013/14. Worldreader Publishing: Worldreader engages with over 80 publishers and with individual authors in order to source digital textbooks, reference books, and storybooks to make them available to those in our program. We source digital books from publishers in North America and Europe. In addition, we are also transforming publishing in the developing world by creating business relationships with local African authors and publishers throughout sub-Saharan Africa. We convert their English and native-language books to digital form, we then publish their digital books so that the publisher gains an income stream from the digital sale, and new works of African literature are made available to readers throughout the world. Half of the books we distribute are locally-sourced African textbooks and literature; half of the books are the best of North American and European works.

Statistics on worldreader.org

Financial Statistics

  • Annual Budget for 2013: $3,071,893
  • Maximum Annual Budget: $3,071,893
  • Other funding sources: In 2012,Worldreader received $1.3mm in cash funding and in-kind donations valued at $1.4mm. 13% of our cash funding resulted from the sale of Worldreader Kits to other organizations, reducing our need to raise funds directly. The remaining 87% is split among a broad base of foundations, individual donors, governments and corporations as follows: * 49% Donations from Individuals * 23% Government Funded Grants * 15% Foundation and Corporate Grants * 13% Partnership Revenue & Earned Income
  • Religious Affiliation: None