January 23, 2022

Report and Video: Amazon Launches Kindle Reading Fund

From TechCrunch:

Amazon today announced a new program called the Kindle Reading Fund which is aimed at making digital books more easily available worldwide. The Fund will donate a number of Kindle e-readers, Fire tablets as well as e-books to communities around the world, in conjunction with various partner organizations.

In addition to schools, libraries, PTAs, hospitals and other nonprofits, Amazon is also now working with Worldreader [*] to help support its reading programs in the developing world.


The company says its new collaboration with Worldreader will see Amazon donating thousands of Kindle e-readers to developing nations. The two have worked together previously, however. For example, Amazon recently supported Worldreader’s LEAP 2.0 library partnership in Kenya, which reaches around 500,000 people by bringing digital reading to 61 libraries in the country.

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See Also: EBSCO Donates Digital Content to Worldreader (December 15, 2015)

See Also: Worldreader Releases Top Digital Books Read in Developing World, Open Sources Country Reading Data (January 5, 2016)

*** UPDATE: Worldreader has worked with Amazon.com for several years. For example, in 2012, Worldreader began using Amazon’s Whispercast platform to deliver content in Sub-Saharan Africa during 2012. More about the use of Whispercast by Worldreader here.

Hat Tip/Thanks: Nate Hoffelder at The Digital Reader who has additional info.

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.