Books Add Up Posted September 7, 2013 by Jordan Watts

A picture is worth a thousand words, and when it comes to global literacy there’s a lot to talk about. In preparation for International Literacy Day, we’ve been mulling over the starkly different lives of those who can read and those who can’t.

Infographic ThumbnailFrom health to wealth, it’s a real uphill battle for the 793 million illiterate people of the world. So rather than plod through a lot of big numbers and statistics, we’ve decided to bring you up to speed with this handy infographic – and let to the picture do the talking for us.

While there are a vast number of factors holding illiterate people back, there is a silver lining. Regardless of a person’s background, access to high-quality books propels the likelihood that they will learn how to read. That’s why at the International Book Bank, we’ve made it our mission to empower people in the developing world with free, high-quality books that they choose themselves. We know that when you look at the big picture it’s clear – books add up.