Books for Asia

Books for Asia puts brand-new books and digital content into the hands of students, educators, and leaders in 20 countries to increase their access to valuable information. Through technology and book donations, we infuse students with a love of reading essential for literacy; build knowledge in the business, legal, and science professions; sharpen vocational and research ability; and enhance language skills to participate in the global economy. Our digital initiative—Let’s Read!—creates, translates, and delivers educational content to children any time, any place, in languages they use at home and school, dramatically improving access. This year, Books for Asia was honored by the U.S. Library of Congress Literacy Awards for innovations in literacy promotion. While print remains an effective means of delivering information in many parts of the developing world, e-books are fast becoming a cost-effective, scalable model given mobile technology’s increasing affordability.

Books for Asia puts brand-new books and digital content into the hands of students, educators, and leaders in 20 countries to increase their access to valuable information. Through technology and book donations, we infuse students with a love of reading essential for literacy; build knowledge in the business, legal, and science professions; sharpen vocational and research ability; and enhance language skills to participate in the global economy. Our digital initiative—Let’s Read!—creates, translates, and delivers educational content to children any time, any place, in languages they use at home and school, dramatically improving access.

Let's Read!

Last year, we convened nearly 20 publishers, editors, writers, and young technologists in Phnom Penh, for Cambodia’s first children’s e-book hackathon, part of our Let’s Read! initiative to use technology to stimulate reading. By the end of the day, participants had created engaging, original children’s content in electronic format, all in the Khmer language. Hackathons have the potential to invigorate children’s book creation in countries where few children’s books are published. Using a collaborative model in publishing lowers development and production costs and dramatically compresses the turnaround time. With support from a leading Cambodian telecom company, 2017 hackathons will incubate even more publishing talent and expand the quality and diversity of local children’s books.

   

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