Yesterday Amazon introduced the Kindle Reading Fund program to help make ebooks more accessible to people and various organizations in different parts of the world that may not otherwise have easy access to digital reading materials.
The Reading Fund is setup to donate Kindle ereaders, Fire tablets and Kindle ebooks to further engage digital reading around the globe.
Below is a direct quote from the announcement, along with a YouTube video.
Visit the Kindle Reading Fund page for more information about the program and to submit a donation request for your organization.
Worldreader – Through a new collaboration with Worldreader, Amazon is donating thousands of Kindle e-readers to support reading programs in the developing world. One recent program that we are proud to support is Worldreader’s LEAP 2.0 library partnership in Kenya, which reaches approximately 500,000 people by bringing digital reading to all 61 Kenyan public libraries. Worldreader’s mission is to create a planet where everyone is a reader—and after just six years, they have helped more than 4 million readers around the world access a library of both global and local books. For more information about Worldreader and their programs, visit www.worldreader.org.
Local Schools and Libraries – As part of our contribution to the communities where our customers and employees live and work, Amazon has donated thousands of Kindle e-readers and Fire tablets to schools and libraries throughout the world. Amazon is committed to improving children’s literacy. Kindle e-readers are an exceptional tool for teachers and students to ignite excitement for reading and create more advanced learning opportunities by bringing technology into the classroom.
Hospitals and Nonprofit Organizations – We’re dedicated to helping local hospitals and nonprofit organizations. In the last year, we have provided devices to Seattle Children’s Hospital, Mary’s Place, Rainier Scholars, Well Spring Family Services and more in the Seattle area alone.
The National PTA – As the official e-reader of the PTA, Kindle and the National PTA are working together to help families get more involved in their children’s reading through the Family Reading Experience program. To learn more about this program, visit here.