If you want to learn the art of space management then just look into one of the many decommissioned Submarines housed in our museums. The space crunch is so bad that everything is rationed, even toilet paper! The last thing you’ll find there is stacks of recreational books. The question now is; what do you get the boys so that they can enrich their fertile imagination and transport themselves to the land of Game of Thrones. Why, get them the NeRD – Naval e-Reader Device!
Unfortunately, the iPad, Nook, Kindle and other Tablets don’t make the cut for an e-Reader on a Sub, which is why the Navy has gone the extra mile to develop the NeRD. The reason why none of the present day gadgets work is because of their features. You got that right! Bluetooth and Wi-Fi can interfere with onboard signal communications, plus chances of spreading a virus or hacking are high. The alternate was to create a de-glam, basic version of an e-Reader with only one purpose – to host books.
The Navy has developed the device in collaboration with the Navy Installations Command’s Navy General Library Program (NGLP) and is also a part of the U.S. Navy’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) program. The design is basic and functional, meaning it comes preloaded with around 300 books that range from Classics to Sci-fi to Modern Literature.
To keep it secure, the device hosts no ports or connection, except probably the charging slot. Currently there are only 385 devices that have been made and five units will be sent to each submarine in the Navy. The crew is supposed to share the device, which also includes most of the 18 titles that are a part of the Chief of Naval Operations Professional Reading Program (CNO-PRP).