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Scribd "Read for a Cause" Press Release

Scribd "Read for a Cause" Press Release

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 Scribd Invites Millions to ‘Read For A Cause’
Deepak Chopra, Justin Halpern, Tony Hawk, Craig Newmark, Eric Ripert & Other Celebrities Share Their Reading Lists to Benefit Global Literacy 
SAN FRANCISCO—Nov. 15, 2010—
Scribd, the world’s largest social reading andpublishing site, today announced Read For A Cause, a year-long social readingcampaign designed to draw attention to global literacy. The program enlists the help of celebrity featured readers and encourages millions of others to share their reading listsor donate directly to aid in the building of at least three libraries in India.Well known thinkers, writers and influencers, including
New York Times
Deepak Chopra
; “Sh*t My Dad Says” Twitter sensation and bestselling author 
Justin Halpern;
skateboarding icon
Tony Hawk
; respected journalist and nationalcorrespondent,
The Atlantic,
James Fallows
; Internet entrepreneur and Craigslistfounder 
Craig Newmark
; celebrity chef, host of PBS’s
 Avec Eric 
Top Chef 
Eric Ripert
; longtime psychosexual therapist
Dr. Ruth Westheimer 
; and CEO andPresident of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF
Caryl Stern
will share their recommendationson the best books, poems, research and other written works they read for inspirationand entertainment.
Anyone can access the celebrities’ reading lists for free onwww.scribd.com/readforacause. They can also choose to Readcast the collections,create their own or donate directly toRoom to Read, a global non-profit that buildsphysical reading centers for children inaround tved communities all over the world.Scribd’s Read For A Cause program will raise money for Room to Read, helping tobring books and other material to thousands of children who desperately need them.
“Words have magical power. Language not only describes reality, it creates reality.Language, imagination and creativity are the keys to transforming the world,” saidDeepak Chopra, a featured reader. “Introducing literacy programs in India is the fastestway to eradication of poverty and creating a peaceful, just, sustainable and healthynation.”
Over the next year, Scribd will highlight readings lists from other celebrity featuredreaders, including:
Lee Child,
bestselling author of Jack Reacher book series
Danny Chun
, head writer for NBC’s “The Office”
Jeffery Deaver 
, bestselling thriller author, master of the mind game, andauthor of the upcoming 2011 James Bond novel
Tim Ferriss,
author of international bestseller “The 4-Hour Workweek”
Fannie Flagg,
New York Times
bestselling author and screenwriter best-known for 
Fried Green Tomatoes.
Her latest novel
I Still Dream About You 
Sir James Galway
, internationally renowned classical flutist

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