In order to create an alternative for smartphones and tablets which can’t be used by sailors at all times due to security reasons, the U.S Navy has launched a secure e-reader named NeRD.
The e-reader which is pre-loaded with over 300 titles, has no ports, Wi-Fi and calling facility which makes the device secure from hackers. The titles include many classics including popular titles like “Enders Game”, “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”, “A Game of Thrones” and “The Lord of the Rings”. The U.S Navy sought the help of publishing companies like Hachette, HarperCollins etc while developing NeRD.
NeRd was developed by Navy General Library Program (NGLP) in partnership with Findaway World, an Ohio-based company which develops digital devices for e-books and audiobooks for the Pentagon. Nilya Carrato, program assistant for the NGLP mentioned that navy would distribute five of these devices to its active submarine fleet after which it would be distributed to all Navy vessels.
“I know the paperbacks (on Navy ships) get passed back and forth until they fall apart. We’re hoping the NeRD hold up a little better,” said Carrato. She also added that she has been receiving e-mails from sailors who are eager to know when they will get the devices.
The Navy which doesn’t allow Kindles or iPads due to security concerns will find NerD as a viable alternative for sailors and bookworms on submarines who look forward to pass time during long trips in the seas.
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