"Ending Book Hunger" by Lea Shaver

Ending Book Hunger Access to Print Across Barriers of Class and Culture Lea Shaver

Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
11 Feb 2020
ISBN:
9780300226003
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
224 pages: 210 x 140mm

An eye-opening exploration of “book hunger”—the unmet need for books in underserved communities—and efforts to universalize access to print

Worldwide, billions of people suffer from book hunger. For them, books are too few, too expensive, or do not even exist in their languages. Lea Shaver argues that this is an educational crisis: the most reliable predictor of children’s achievement is the size of their families’ book collections.
 
This book highlights innovative nonprofit solutions to expand access to print. First Book, for example, offers diverse books to teachers at bargain prices. Imagination Library mails picture books to support early literacy in book deserts. Worldreader promotes mobile reading in developing countries by turning phones into digital libraries. Pratham Books creates open access stories that anyone may freely copy, adapt, and translate. Can such efforts expand to bring books to the next billion would-be readers? Shaver reveals the powerful roles of copyright law and licensing, and sounds the clarion call for readers to contribute their own talents to the fight against book hunger.

Lea Shaver is professor of law at Indiana University’s McKinney School of Law. Her research on distributive justice aspects of copyright is frequently cited by the United Nations, where she has served as both presenter and expert consultant.

“Shaver gives critical attention to one of the pressing human rights challenges of our time: unequal access to books and educational materials for a majority of the world.”— Madhavi Sunder, Georgetown University Law Center