SPREADING THE WORD: 77,886 e-books in the hands of 1,000 kids in sub-Saharan Africa. That update from Worldreader, courtesy of the World Bank, provides more cause for optimism for ICT efforts in developing countries than, say, last week's IADB report on OLPC in Peru. (Worldreader says it has delivered those e-books through Kindle devices, probably thanks to its current CEO's hookups from his previously post as a senior exec at Amazon.) Notable, too, that Worldreader is encouraging African authors to publish on its platform so kids can find material relevant to their lives. For the devices, dust and breakage are the biggest threats, outweighing theft and the lack of electricity.