US Navy to Offer Specially Adapted E-Book Readers to Sailors
Published on: 12th May 2014
By: Ian Mansfield
Sailors on US Navy submarines are to be issued with specially modified e book readers to replace the small physical book collection that submarines are able to carry.
Currently, US sailors are not allowed to carry conventional devices as they are theoretically hackable and could transmit their location to enemy forces. As such, the specially modified e-book reader, known as NeRD, has been stripped of everything other than the memory and the screen display.
The Navy eReader Device, or "NeRD," was developed in conjunction with the NGLP, an essential component of the U.S. Navy's Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) program.
As the tablet cannot be updated remotely, it will come pre-loaded with around 300 books selected from the Navy's Library Multimedia Resource Center (LMRC).
"Navy Installations Command is constantly seeking to provide our proud Sailors around the world with new tools and resources that can enrich their lives," said Nellie Moffitt, Navy General Library program manager. "NeRD addresses this goal head-on, with a library of digital titles in a convenient and secure package that circumvents longstanding NGLP challenges in content storage. By partnering with Findaway World, we now have the ideal reading solution for the digital age."