As we work on getting more and more of our books under Creative Commons licences to make them freely available, we are also exploring partnerships that will take our books to children in India and across the world. Worldreader, a global not-for-profit organization that aims to put a library of digital books in the hands of children and families across the world has already put many of our books on their e-readers and app.
Now, we have even more cause for celebration as Worldreader recently announced their “E-Books For All” commitment at the Clinton Global Initiative event.
With the “E-Books For All” commitment, Worldreader plans to provide more than 5 million people with access to digital books so that they can improve their lives and their communities.
To achieve its Commitment goals, Worldreader has brought together a powerful array of partners including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), Pratham Books, Kenya’s Longhorn Publishers, and Microsoft Mobile.
“Pratham Books has printed over 11 million books in 10 Indian languages and in English,” said Suzanne Singh, Chairperson, Pratham Books. “Our partnership with Worldreader will further enhance people’s lives as our openly-licensed books will be available in digital format to children in India and the rest of the world.”
“There are more cell phones on the planet than toothbrushes, and every one of them can become a library. Worldreader is bringing together publishers, device manufacturers, mobile carriers, teachers, children and communities together so that every person on the planet has access to books to improve their lives,” said David Risher, CEO and Co-Founder of Worldreader. “Through our work to date and our Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action we hope to improve millions of lives and create an ecosystem of reading that lasts forever”.
We are delighted to be supporting their efforts and furthering our mission of “a book in every child’s hand” by providing our openly licensed books in several Indian languages.
About the Clinton Global Initiative
Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, convenes global leaders to create and implement solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 180 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. To date, members of the CGI community have made more than 2,900 commitments, which are already improving the lives of more than 430 million people in over 180 countries.