BookRenter Promotes Youth Literacy by Donating 2,000 Books in Partnership with BlogHer to Two KIPP Schools

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BookRenter Makes a Donation to First Book Every Time an Order is Placed Online

We believe that by teaching today's youth to read, we are investing in the next generation of world leaders, and helping to make the world a better place one book at a time

BookRenter, the leading online textbook platform, today announced that through its partnership with BlogHer Inc., the leading participatory news, entertainment and information network for women online, the two companies donated 2,000 new books through the nonprofit organization First Book to KIPP STAR and to KIPP Bay Area Schools, which are part of KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program), a network of public charter schools. Nationwide, there are 99 KIPP schools that serve 26,000 students. These schools are focused on increasing the number of students from low-income communities who attend college. Located in underserved neighborhoods, these tuition-free schools are closing the achievement gap between low-income students and their more advantaged peers. To date, BookRenter has donated more than 60,000 new books through First Book directly into the hands of children in need, and KIPP students are a beneficiary of this program.

“We believe that by teaching today’s youth to read, we are investing in the next generation of world leaders, and helping to make the world a better place one book at a time,” said Mehdi Maghsoodnia, CEO of BookRenter. “In May, our customers told us that youth literacy is the most important cause they would like us to address. As part of this initiative, BookRenter is honored to help KIPP send more students to college while simultaneously working to further our mission of making education more affordable and accessible for everyone.”

“We are thrilled to receive this book donation from BookRenter and BlogHer, as it will have a tremendous impact on our students given recent budget cuts,” said Sarah Lightfoot, Director of Development with KIPP Bay Area Schools. “Our goal at KIPP is to increase the percentage of low-income, minority students who attend college compared to the national average. Donations such as this enable our students to have the tools they need to attain their personal education goals.”

“The BlogHer community deeply appreciates the written word, and the impact it can have on our own lives and the lives of others,” said Lynn Forbes, Vice President of Product for BlogHer, Inc. “The community leapt at the chance to help put more books into the hands of young readers to help create the next generation of inspired writers!”

Another component of BookRenter’s philanthropic efforts in partnership with First Book and KIPP is its eCard program. For every eCard emailed or posted to Facebook during the 2010 holiday season, BookRenter made a donation to First Book, providing 1,682 brand new books to the students at KIPP Comienza Community Prep in Los Angeles.

To learn more about BookRenter and child literacy go to http://www.bookrenter.com/givesback.

About BookRenter
BookRenter launched in 2008 and is dedicated to making education more affordable by allowing students to rent textbooks for up to 75% off the retail price. BookRenter's innovative pricing and operating systems provide students with the best price, highest quality books, and most flexible rental experience available today. Currently offering more than 5.5 million titles and serving thousands of students on over 5,000 campuses, BookRenter is one of the fastest growing startups in Silicon Valley, growing at over 725% each year. BookRenter, with offices in San Mateo, California, is a private company that is funded by prominent Silicon Valley venture capital firms. To learn more about how to use BookRenter for all of your textbook rental needs, please visit http://www.bookrenter.com.

About BlogHer
Reaching more than 25 million women each month (Nielsen Site Census, October 2010), BlogHer is the leading participatory news, entertainment and information network for women online. Founded in February 2005 by Elisa Camahort Page, Jory Des Jardins and Lisa Stone, BlogHer’s mission is to create opportunities for women who blog to pursue exposure, education, community and economic empowerment. Today BlogHer creates opportunities for members via a community hub (http://www.blogher.com), annual conferences and a publishing network of more than 2,500 qualified, contextually targeted blog affiliates. BlogHer provides the highest quality content on a range of topics, with all blogs continually edited to meet strict editorial standards, including content quality, category relevance and blog frequency. BlogHer enjoys a strategic partnership with iVillage, part of Women@NBCU. BlogHer’s investors are Venrock, GE/NBC Universal's Peacock Equity Fund, and Azure Capital Partners.

About KIPP
KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) is a national network of free, open-enrollment, college preparatory public schools with a track record of preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and in life. KIPP students typically attend school from 7:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on weekdays, every other Saturday, and for three weeks during the summer. Nationally, over 95 percent of students enrolled in KIPP schools are African American or Latino, and more than 80 percent qualify for the federal free and reduced-price meals program. To date, over 85 percent of students who have graduated from KIPP middle schools have matriculated to college.

About First Book
First Book provides new books to children in need, addressing one of the most important factors affecting literacy – access to books. An innovative leader in social enterprise, First Book has distributed more than 80 million free and low-cost books in thousands of communities nationwide. First Book now has offices in the U.S. and Canada. For more information about the nonprofit First Book, please visit http://www.firstbook.org.

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