bookaworld’s mission is to place a Library of the world’s most important, educational, and entertaining books into the hands of every child in the world.
Perhaps in this neglected spot is laid
Some heart once pregnant with celestial fire;
Hands, that the rod of empire might have sway'd,
Or wak'd to ecstasy the living lyre:
But Knowledge to their eyes her ample page,
Rich with the spoils of time, did ne’er unroll;
Chill Penury repress’d their noble rage,
And froze the genial current of the soul.
—Thomas Gray, from “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard”
Reading informs, humanizes, and develops the mind and spirit. Yet billions of people have severely limited access to reading matter. Its delivery has, until now, been an onerous and expensive proposition, almost inconceivable on a global scale.
eReader devices and the Internet change all that. Today, we can place a small library—the equivalent of 50 cartons of books—onto a six-ounce piece of hardware and into the hands of any individual for less than the cost of a few books. And if that person has access to the Internet, their small library becomes a huge one.If we are to meet and overcome the challenges confronting our world today—political, economic, environmental—we must engage all the brain power we can. This means liberating our fellow beings from the scourges of ignorance, want, and oppression. Education and the printed word are vital in enabling this liberation. bookaworld exploits a unique moment in history to take new and dramatic steps in support of this effort. We hope thereby to help inspire and enable recipients of bookaworld eReaders to rise above difficult circumstances, and, in time, to lead their villages, their towns, their nations, and their world to a peaceful and sustainable future.
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