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Air Force expands digital library content for Airmen

By Janis El Shabazz | Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs | Dec. 3, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Airmen at 19 Air Force installations around the world will soon have access to a new 200-title audiobook and eBook digital library, Air Force officials said.

The 19 participating installations will help test digital content distribution using the new Air Force eReader AERO; a single portable device developed by digital content provider Findaway World in collaboration with the Air Force Library Program Office.

"Our mission is to support Airmen and their families around the world through library facilities, resources and tools that enhance their quality of life and build resiliency," said Air Force Library Branch Chief Margie Buchanan. "When we learned what a positive impact the Navy had with their eReader, we decided that it would be a great quality-of-life initiative to create one for Air Force personnel."

AERO is a custom-designed, secure device, pre-loaded with items selected by the Air Force Library Program.

The device augments the Air Force Library services by increasing the size of each library's content catalog without the need for additional base library staff training and physical logistics.

Airmen will access the new digital content, which will include best-sellers, classics, professional development and entertainment titles, via a device a bit smaller than a Kindle™, which will be available for checkout next month at the following Air Force bases: Edwards AFB, Calif.; Goodfellow AFB and Laughlin AFB, Texas; Little Rock AFB, Ark.; Minot AFB, N.D.; Whiteman AFB, Mo.; Holloman AFB and Cannon AFB, N.M.; Luke AFB, Ariz.; Mountain Home AFB, Idaho, and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and Eielson, Alaska.

Air bases that will help test the new digital media include Kadena AB, Misawa AB and Yokota AB, Japan; Kunsan AB and Osan AB, Korea; Aviano AB, Italy and Incirlik AB, Turkey.

For more information about the new digital media offerings contact the local base library. For information about personnel issues, go to https://www.myPers.af.mil.