Canadian troops stationed in Afghanistan will be able to use eReaders early next month at the base library when Kobo delivers to them 150 of their eReaders.
It's hard to get new reading material for the troops serving in Afghanistan. Books add extra weight to flights so they are not often updated, said Mark Larose, Canadian Forces Personnel and Family Support Services in a press release. Larose also noted that the library is not always in the best shape.
Kobo, along with leading publishers like HarperCollins Canada, Harlequin, McClelland & Stewart, Random House of Canada and Simon & Schuster, are donating the readers and a huge selection of best sellers so the troops will be able to read the top titles just like their family can at home.
"We learned of this need through a Kobo employee that has a family member serving in Afghanistan. We are very excited to participate and are very pleased with the response and the additional support from the publishing community. Hopefully with these books the troops can take some much needed time to relax, unwind and escape in a great read" said Michael Serbinis, CEO of Kobo.
You can visit the Kobo blog before September 5 to see the rest of the books and to share your thoughts and reviews: http://blog.kobobooks.com/2010/08/24/eReadersfortheTroops