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You've probably heard about One Laptop Per Child. It's an organization started many years ago in hopes of providing cheaper, low-end notebooks to students around the world by selling them in bulk to governments. It never really blossomed like they hoped, but the company is still around and still making machines, albeit at slightly higher-than-anticipated prices. But now, a new nonprofit company is attempting to do something similar with Amazon's Kindle. You could argue that teaching kids to read is equally as important as teaching them computer skills, but this one is a bit more tricky.

And less tricky, if you think about it. Worldreader doesn't actually have to build the products that they are hoping to distribute. Instead, they are doing a series of trial runs in Ghana, hoping to get Amazon's famous e-reader device out to developing nations. The company was founded by David Risher, an Amazon senior VP that was said to be "responsible for growing the company’s operations beyond books."

Plans about long-term distribution are still forming, but they already have an agreement with Ghana's government to "roll the project out more widely and is trying to raise money now to fund another trial this fall." The study will actually take a look at whether having a Kindle boosts the amount of books youth read over a school year, and the test will initially include 300 junior and high school students.

We're obviously big fans of this initiative, and we certainly hope it works out for them. And with global 3G, they should also be able to download new books wirelessly when there's a cell tower around.


I would like to see more people motivated to read and maybe e readers can do it if they get cheaper so more people can get them.


@fat78 I'm not sure if the Kindle is the best way to bring information to the third world ($10 might be monthly wages for a lot of the target audience). Though the Kindle does come with a vast database of free books. Lets hope Kindle develops a more reliable web browser so users can have access to Google Books as well.


that comment was not ment to be directed to third world kids if that was what it sounded like. i ment that if e readers got cheaper more kids in U.S might start reading more, because some kids these days makes U.S. seem like its filled with slow kids.




No...It is the best way for nations to say..."Here, Read what we tell you!"

There is sooo much to comment on here, but if people don't know history then it will get out of hand!

Let's feed, cloth and educate the kids down the street. All the while your own kids starve and dont know why:P

Socialism has never worked, look at what happened on the National scale, it wont work on a global scale!


More information about the biological effects of non-ionizing radiation from wireless technology is coming out every day. Enough is not being done by cities, counties, states and the Federal Government to protect us from the potentially devastating health and environmental effects. Through the 1996 telecommunications act the telecoms are shielded from liability and oversight. Initially cell phones were released with no pre-market safety testing despite the fact the Government and the Military have known for over 50 years that radio frequency is harmful to all biological systems (inthesenewtimes dot com/2009/05/02/6458/.). Health studies were suppressed and the 4 trillion dollar a year industry was given what amounts to a license to kill.

On it's face, the 1996 telecommunications act is unconstitutional and a cover-up. Within the fine print city governments are not allowed to consider "environmental" effects from cell towers. They should anyway! It is the moral and legal obligation of our government to protect our health and welfare? Or is it? When did this become an obsolete concept? A cell tower is a microwave weapon capable of causing cancer, genetic damage & other biological problems. Bees, bats, humans, plants and trees are all affected by RF & EMF. Communities fight to keep cell towers away from schools yet they allow the school boards to install wi fi in all of our schools thereby irradiating our kids for 6-7 hours each day. Kids go home and the genetic assault continues with DECT portable phones, cell phones, wi fi and Wii's. A tsunami of cancers and early alzheimer's await our kids. Young people under the age of 20 are 420% more at risk of forming brain tumors (Swedish study, Dr. Lennart Hardell) because of their soft skulls, brain size and cell turn over time. Instead of teaching "safer" cell phone use and the dangers of wireless technology our schools mindlessly rush to wireless bending to industry pressure rather than informed decision making. We teach about alcohol, tobacco, drugs and safe [censored]but not about "safer" cell phone use. We are in a wireless trance, scientists are panicking while young brains, ovaries and sperm burns.