Nonprofit Tries One-Kindle-Per-Child In Ghana

In the developing world, where literacy remains a giant challenge, might digital books be able to leapfrog their print counterparts?

That’s what a non-profit called Worldreader is trying to figure out with a series of trials in Ghana that involve giving students Amazon.com (AMZN) Kindles to read in school and at home.

Worldreader was co-founded by David Risher, a 45-year-old former Amazon senior vice president who was responsible for growing the company’s operations beyond books. He left Amazon in 2002 before it created the Kindle, but was taken with the gadget’s ability to offer access to a huge assortment of books in parts of the world where getting a regular book into the hands of students can be a six-month challenge.

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