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Initial post: Jul 23, 2014 5:36:53 PM PDT
Arual says:
This might be common knowledge, but it was new to me and I found it interesting. The item was published in the July/August 2014 issue of DefenseSystems magazine:
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NeRDs for Navy bookworms
Reading material aboard confined ships and submarines could get easier to come by with the Navy eReader Device, or NeRD, the result of a collaboration between the Navy General Library Program and Findaway World. A reader that works like a Kindle or Nook - but without Wi-Fi or cellular capability - the NeRD comes preloaded with a library of 300 titles covering a variety of genres. The Navy will produce [...] of them at first, distributing five to each submarine in the fleet.
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Posted on Jul 23, 2014 5:56:21 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 23, 2014 5:59:06 PM PDT
K. Rowley says:
I think I remember hearing that the government was going to buy a ton of kindles and pre-load the with books. But I don't think that ever went through - maybe this is some subset of whatever plan that was.

http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2012/u-s-gov-buys-2500-kindles-finds-nook-sony-reader-ipad-kobo-not-suitable-for-job/

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 23, 2014 5:58:36 PM PDT
Neat! Hundreds & hundreds of books--no added weight or used space.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 23, 2014 6:05:25 PM PDT
But 5 devices on a sub carrying how many navy men/women?

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 23, 2014 6:10:49 PM PDT
Arual says:
And they sure need that space.

My brother retired from the Navy, spending most of his career on destroyers. I was able to go with him to the berths once - all personal belongings had to fit in the space below a sailor's mattress (which raised up like a car's trunk lid). The storage space was the size of the mattress and not very deep.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 23, 2014 6:29:52 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 23, 2014 6:30:38 PM PDT
I did wonder about that. I guess it's five each for the tester program, maybe? They'd probably get more if they were popular and worked well. Meanwhile, I hope there aren't arguments!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 23, 2014 6:31:26 PM PDT
I can imagine. Tough life.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 23, 2014 6:33:23 PM PDT
Navy person 1: let me use the Nerd
Navy person 2: No, I am not done with 50shades of military life I will give it to you when I am done.
Navy person 1: I outrank you !! It is an order for you to hand me the Nerd now
<splash> as Navy person 1 hits the water
Navy person 2 he should have listed to me .... I told him he could have it when I was done, now I can take my time.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 23, 2014 6:34:53 PM PDT
LOL!

Or trying to hide it when one's time was up. "No, no. I don't have it. Check with McGursky."

Posted on Jul 23, 2014 6:42:49 PM PDT
The Artist says:
I remember when this was first announced. They're going to check them out like library books, so when time is up, the whole device has to be returned. The reason they didn't use Kindles or other e-readers is for security -- these can't be tracked in any way since it has no wireless capabilities, so the ships/subs are safer.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 23, 2014 7:42:48 PM PDT
R. Wilde says:
"No, I am not done with 50shades of military life"

50 Shades of Battleship Gray?

Posted on Jul 23, 2014 8:17:43 PM PDT
Old Rocker says:
I wouldn't want to hot bunk after the sailor who was reading Fifty Shades...

Posted on Jul 24, 2014 5:17:34 AM PDT
Wait.
Look at the name of this supposed device.
Really, aw come on now. This has got to be a joke.

Posted on Jul 24, 2014 5:23:47 AM PDT
ohhh soo true...being in the Navy....lol! they've had the ability for the ebooks for a while, the devices is the new tweak

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2014 6:39:23 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 24, 2014 6:40:53 AM PDT
Arual says:
They really ought to change the name. It sure wouldn't sell on the open market.

But then again, look at other techie names: Google, Yahoo, Twitter - all silly.

Posted on Jul 24, 2014 6:40:53 AM PDT
http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=80920
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