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  • Hannah Wasserman

    Awesome! So are the books pre-loaded? I would imagine that internet access would be scarce in rural areas, so downloading would be difficult.

    • Nadja Borovac

      Hi Hannah,

      My name is Nadja. I am the marketing manager at Worldreader. Thanks so much for your question.

      You are right. We pre-load the books onto the e-readers and ship them off to the schools. Once the e-readers are in kids' hands we are able to push more books and we do so on a regular basis. How is this possible? Thanks the fact that cell-phone penetration is so pervasive in Africa! In countries like Ghana, mobile phone penetration is at 80%. Here's a very recent article from Tech Crunch on this matter.

      This means that most remote and rural areas have cell phone towers that transmit connectivity - won't be 3G or 4G but 2G definitely. In some rare cases where a connection does not exist or is very poor, we collect the e-readers, take them to an area where the connectivity is adequate, we load the necessary books and return the e-readers to the students.

      Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any further questions and thanks again for your interest.


      • Hannah Wasserman

        Hey Nadja! Yes, super helpful. I didn't even think of cell service-- that makes a lot of sense. It's so exciting that since cell service is so pervasive, you'll be able to spread these ereaders even further. Are these ereaders subscribed to a cell provider? Sorry for my logistics questions-- I'm super interested in what you all are doing!

  • Liam Henry Bildsten

    If Kindle's can cost $69, I'm sure a dirt-cheap eReader could be made to distribute to students. The One Laptop Per Child program's laptop design already has eBook functionality. Would it be best for students to have one, durable, low-power, easily rechargeable device that could be distributed and standardized instead of going through hassle of distributing different devices for different purposes?