Worldreader mobile app and thousands of free books now available through Windows Store!

A recent study by UNESCO found that 250 million children of primary school age lack basic reading and writing skills. One of the factors contributing to this alarming statistic is that they simply do not have access to text. The report also highlighted opportunities to advance literacy and learning in underserved communities around the world by the use of mobile technology.

Microsoft and Worldreader have partnered to produce a free mobile app built on the foundations of Azure, that is now live and available through the Windows Phone store. Simply search ‘Worldreader’, or click here to view the app in the Windows Store.

Key features of the app:

  • Free Books - 6,000 eBooks organised in over 70 categories for every taste

  • Content Rich Library - Top books and short stories from around the world, including books from over 100 African publishers

  • Intuitive UI - Fun and versatile interface for easier book discovery

  • Offline Reading - Downloadable content for reading while offline

  • Custom Reading Experience - Adjustable text size and style for personalised reading experience

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As well as the eBooks currently available, the size of the free library will increase to 25,000 titles over next few years as part of Worldreader’s commitment to the Clinton Global Initiative, with titles from 70 genres available in over 60 languages. As well as aiming to advance literacy and learning, the wide array of titles available will help to educate on a number of different social and professional topics:

  • Books and stories from top authors around the globe

  • Caine Prize winning short stories

  • Free books from Mills and Boon

  • Great children’s books to help kids learn to read

  • Career development tips for job seekers, professionals and entrepreneurs

  • Practical health information on safe sex, HIV, Ebola, maternal health and more

  • Books in English, Swahili, Spanish, Hindi and more

You can learn more about the Worldreader app, as well as download it for free, by visiting the Windows Store. For more information about the UNESCO study, and to read the report in full, click here to visit the ICT in Education section of UNECSO’s site.

Worldreader ( is 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. Founded in 2010 by former Microsoft and Amazon executive the organization has created a network of wireless devices connected via the cloud to the world’s largest repository of digital books for the developing world, creating the least expensive and easiest way to put books in the hands of millions.

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