Findaway World made waves a few weeks ago about their new NERD e-Reader that was embraced by the US Navy. The premise of this new device is a severely locked down reader that ships with a full library of books and has no WIFI internet connection and no way to copy the books. You can think of it as a dumb terminal that displays data only. Findaway fresh from the massive media blitz campaign is releasing the NERD to schools, companies and government.
The new e-Reader is called Lock and it will come bundled with 100 eBooks selected by the companies wanting to deploy them. It has no USB port, no internet access and is purely designed for reading content. Businesses can use Lock to curate and safely house proprietary information and documents. Lock can also be used by schools and public libraries interested in offering a mobile, manipulation-free, digital content hub. Lock’s preloaded nature and “black box” design eliminates potential misuse and ensures that only approved digital content will be accessible. Lock’s portability also allows easy sharing and distribution, making it the ideal choice for multi-user lending environments, whether in education, government or enterprise.
Lock customers can choose from thousands of eBook and audiobook titles spanning best-sellers to classics to professional development and Common Core. Findaway has deep relationships with the biggest publishers in the world to secure requested titles, including Simon & Schuster, Hachette, Penguin Random House, and Harpercollins.
Having an e-reader with the barebones of specs, months of battery life and a wide array of eBooks and audiobooks is a compelling value proposition.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.