Some figures about reading and downloading GV ebooks

Here are some statistics about ebooks reads and downloads so far. Please note that data from this GV Books website are approximate and overall it received more than 500 visits since its inception (May 30, 2012). Data from the three external platforms are accurate and cover the first 10 days of our presence there (mid-February 2013).

GV Books:
– “EU in crisis” dwnlds in english: 40 pdf + 5 epub + 4 mobi
– “African Voices…” dwnlds in english: 22 pdf + 3 epub + 2 mobi

Internet Archive:
– “EU in crisis” (pdf): 11 dwnlds in english, 16 in arabic, 7 in spanish, 5 in italian, 5 in portuguese;
– “African Voices…” (pdf): 9 dwnlds in english, 7 in italian

– “EU in crisis”: 167 reads (+ 3 readcasts, 19 dwnlds) in english, 144 in arabic, 66 (+ 4 readcasts, 3 dwnlds) in italian, 50 (+ 1 dwnld) in portuguese, 29 (+ 1 readcast, 1 dwnld) in spanish
– “African Voices…”: 178 reads (+ 2 readcasts, 12 embed views, 1 dwnld) in english, 102 reads in italian

– “EU in crisis”: 7 impressions in english, 24 in arabic, 5 in italian, 3 in portuguese, 2 in spanish
– “African Voices…”: 38 in english, 4 in italian.

“African Voices of Hope and Change” ready in Italian second ebook “African Voices of Hope and Change” is now available also in Italian — Africa: Voci di speranza e cambiamento.

You can download it for free in three different formats:

A special thanks to our Italian translators involved in this project: Elena Marrone, Giorgia Lanciotti, Juana Romandini, Katia Gerussi, Manuela Beccati, Manuela Dal Castello, Simona Galentino, Stefania Gliedman, Stefania Greci, Valentina Di Bennardo, Valentina Gazzola. And thanks to Mohamed Adel for his exciting technical support!

Please spread the word in your glocal circles — e grazie mille 😉

African Voices Of Hope and Change: an introduction

Here are a few excerpts from the introduction of our new ebook, African Voices Of Hope and Change — enjoy!

At the start of the new millennium, it felt as though the African continent was essentially written off by the international community. The Economist magazine even ran a cover story in May 2000 dubbing Africa “The Hopeless Continent”. The bottom line was that given the difficulties the world saw in helping African nations overcome their conflicts and economic despair, we might as well just give up on the entire continent.

How quickly things have changed since then.

African Voices of Hope & Change

Recent statistics suggest that nine of the fastest-growing economies in the world are in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Economist acknowledged the turnaround in December 2011, featuring another cover story on Africa, this time calling it the “Rising” continent and with a far different tagline: “the continent’s impressive growth looks likely to continue”.

[…] Yet for all the optimism and growth potential, the road to sustainable prosperity is fraught with perilous cliffs and roadblocks. According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Sub Saharan Africa’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew “by 5.5 per cent in 2011 and 5.8 per cent projected in 2012 (in real terms)”. However, the five countries with the highest income inequality in the world, based on the World Bank GINI coefficient, are all from the same region (Seychelles, Comoros, Namibia, South Africa and Namibia).

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