Archives for July 10, 2019

Paulo Coelho: Now Our Supporter

by WorldReader

Our library just got bigger. More precisely, three new books have been added to our existing collection of over 28,000 e-books. But these aren’t just any books – these three best-selling titles were donated by Paulo Coelho, considered to be one of the most influential authors of our times.

The three donated books are: Christmas Stories, The Supreme Gift, and Stories for Parents, Children and Grandchildren, and are available for free to readers across Africa on mobile phones and e-readers. These cultural and joyful stories captivate readers of all ages, and are supplemented by beautiful illustrations by his wife, Christina Oiticica. Each of these novels add a unique dimension to our library and will serve as outlets for reflection, enjoyment, and global learning to the millions of African readers who access Worldreader’s e-books. Read the full press release here.

Coelho’s famous bestselling book, The Alchemist, pushed him into the international limelight in 1998, and is one among many globally loved classics, which include: The Pilgrimage, Brida, Veronika Decides to Die, and Eleven Minutes. Coelho has sold over 195 million copies of his books worldwide, translated into more than 80 languages and found in 170 countries. Now, they’ll be in even more countries.

Worldreader’s partnership with Coelho is a big achievement, not only because we are always striving to expand our digital library, but because the participation of renowned writers such as Coelho add literature of the highest quality to our collection. Coelho states, “We’re thrilled that millions of readers in Africa can now enjoy timeless tales for free and at the click of a button (…) The power of digital technology to enable access to books and ultimately improve people’s lives is undeniable.” We couldn’t agree more. There is enormous potential to touch the hearts and minds of thousands when technology and great ideas are combined.

Paulo is a model for cultural and educational sharing, an identity internationally recognized by the United Nations, who named him a Messenger of Peace in 2007. His donated books are invaluable additions to our library that will inspire readers and promote our mission to spread global literacy.