A Kindle for every kid in Ghana

A non-profit called Worldreader is giving Kindles to students in Ghana to encourage reading, reports the Wall Street Journal.

(Worldreader co-founder David) Risher says he thinks e-books will let the developing world skip the paper stage, in much the same way cell phones have helped countries skip the landline stage. E-readers, he says, are more akin to cellphones than laptops — and are well designed for the developing world because they don’t consume much power and they use the universal GSM network.

Worldreader will study whether junior and senior high school students read more and improve their reading skills if they have a Kindle preloaded with “public-domain books, as well as contemporary international and local books (which the organization is helping to get published in digital form for the first time).”

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