The US Navy General Library Program (NGLP), founded in 1919, is in charge of supplying the Navy with reading material. It has stocked on-ship libraries unofficially since the 1800s, has offered a circulating digital library since 2005, and in spring 2014, it began providing the Navy's on-ship libraries with special e-readers full of curated content that can be loaned out to service members. The NGLP updated the libraries on Navy ships to include Playaways, a device created by digital content delivery company Findaway World, that featured audiobooks and foreign language learning. NGLP began to consider creating an e-reader that could be circulated as part of ships' libraries and put out an RFP for ideas about a locked-down, read-only device in spring 2013. When the Navy put out its RFP, Kelly Lytle, Findaway's manager of digital partnerships, says Findaway was a good fit. What emerged from the NDLP and Findaway collaboration was the NeRD (Navy e-Reader Device). The feedback Findaway has gotten on the NeRD so far has been positive.
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