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Featured on Slideshare! (and other #buyalib presentations)

Ned’s presentation on Buy India a Library was featured on the front page of Slideshare today (!). I am so damn proud of him, and I trust Jan and Justin are too :). Ned also posted about this presentation on his blog.

I also gave a talk about the project at TedX Princeton Library. And Jan did a poster session about it at the NextLibrary conference in Aarhus, Denmark in June.

And who knows, maybe there will be more :).

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#buyalib HAS gone to the ball.

Well, it took us a little longer than we’d hoped to sort out the logistics of getting money across various borders and currencies, and cobbling together one big gift out of our separate Paypal accounts, but now that is all done, and all of your donations in the hands of Good Gifts. And here is what you made:

A library for India! (pics to come when we get ’em)


100 extra books.

And a newspaper subscription.

Reading time at Christel House India
And an additional £520 to make the library extra-awesome.

(This isn’t your library — that isn’t built yet — but we hope it will make kids happy like this!)


FOUR bookmobiles in Africa.

Again, thank you more than words can say for your enthusiastic support of this project. We hope to be able to get pictures and reports about your libraries when they are up and running, and we’ll report about that here and on Twitter and the Facebook page.

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status update: £750!

In just one week, we have raised £750! That’s 60% of what we need to build a library in India.

For reference, £750 would also buy you one of these:

Or, if you prefer, 454 of these:

In other news, a lot of you have asked for more specifics about how and where the money will be spent, and we’ve contacted the charities involved with questions, so I hope to be able to share that information with you shortly.

We remain amazed at your generosity and supportiveness: thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

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what it costs to buy a library

So, how much does it cost to buy India a library?

If each of Andromeda’s followers chipped in: £1250/426 = £2.93 each ($4.55, 25.84 Danish kroner).

If each of Jan’s followers chipped in: £1.76 ($2.73, 15.52 DKK).

If each of Ned’s followers chipped in: £1.44 ($2.24, 12.70 DKK).

You know what else you could buy for $2.24, plus or minus?

Starbucks' Christmas Bokeh

You do the math.

Please help us reach our goal by donating (note the amount is in the currency Sterling / Pounds).

(Donate button removed after close of campaign. –ay)