When digital content first appeared at the mass consumer level, one of the often highlighted benefits of e-readers was the portability, namely the ability to carry a large library of reading material in a device smaller than many hardcover books. But that ability becomes more than just a matter of convenience or first-worldness when you’re an active duty member of the military, stationed abroad.
When Findaway World, the makers of the Playaway single-title individual MP3 players that are specifically branded with one book, learned of the ease with which soldiers could pass around their devices, they took it one step further for the unique needs of one specific branch of the military. Findaway World announced today the launch of its NeRD reader: the Navy eReader Device.
These portable ebook players, created in conjunction with the Navy General Library Program (NGLP), come fully stocked with as many as 300 pre-loaded audiobooks, meeting a vital need for onboard reading entertainment in an environment where space is at a premium.
“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, in a press release. “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.”
“Since 2007, Findaway World has provided audiobook content to the men and women who serve our country,” said Mitch Kroll, Co-Founder and CEO of Findaway World. “We’re proud to partner again with Navy Installations Command and the U.S. Navy on this initiative and believe that NeRD will provide a unique and enriching eBook experience to the lives of officers and enlisted Sailors.”