I never considered before that at sea, the Navy may have device limitations. But it does make sense. After all, imagine Jane Doe attempting to read a book on her Android device and suddenly giving away the submarines location. That would definitely not be a good thing. Of course, if Jane Doe had an Apple that would not be a problem 😉 (Just kidding)
In order to accommodate the long stretches undersea and limited living conditions, the Navy has released the NeRD, aptly named of course, to help Sailors read on those long stretches underseas. The NeRD will come pre-loaded with 300 books including bestsellers, public-domain, the Navy reading list, and other professional development titles. All in all, this is a great thing for the Navy. 365 devices will be made made available in the first batch, with 5 devices being sent to each submarine for sharing.
I think this is a wonderful idea, after all, carrying books around can be hard, especially with limited space. I remember spending the year abroad in Argentina, I just had to carry a ‘few’ (cough 15) books. It made my suitcase so heavy and took space I could have used for clothing and souvenirs on the way back. In the middle of Argentina, I started with e-books on my computer and since then for long trips or just plain convenience, it’s my format of choice.
Good job to the Navy, hopefully in the future each Sailor will be able to have one of the NeRD devices available to them if they so choose, as well as the ability to select books other than the 300 preselected while in port. Until then, a wonderful first step.
NeRD’s at Sea UNITE!!!