The e-books initiative formerly known as “Kindles for Kandahar” has a new name, E-Books for Troops (EB4T), as well as a new web site and a new pilot project under way to distribute our first two Kindles to soldiers on active duty with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) in Afghanistan.
We are very excited to be launching our pilot with the 101st. The 101st Airborne Division is one of the Army’s premier units and has a rich and distinguished history spanning the beaches of Normandy to the jungles of Vietnam and deserts of Iraq and Afghanistan.
None of this would have been possible but for a simple Facebook message sent to me on March 7th by a podcast listener whom I’d never met, Ken Clark. He offered “to help out making this into a something larger and more expansive.” At first I replied that I’d keep him in mind, but then I asked myself, “I wonder if he might be able to help create a web site for the project.”
Sure enough, as a former military officer and successful entrepreneur, Ken’s capabilities and experience turned out to be more than up to the task, not to mention his strategic thinking and planning to press the initiative forward. He and I will be working as a team on EB4T moving forward.
We plan to keep you updated on developments here as the work unfolds. Here are some highlights so far:
- M-Edge Accessories has agreed to provide a cover and light for each of the two Kindles we will ship soon for distribution to U.S. soldiers of HHC, 1-101 Aviation Regiment at Tarin Kowt in Afghanistan. Sgt. Andre Corbin will assist with the pilot project, to establish how we’ll distribute additional Kindles as EB4T grows. In launching its new Camouflage line of Kindle covers, M-Edge highlighted its partnership with EB4T and helped spread the word about our project.
- Ken has been having discussions in Connecticut with attorneys who will help us create a nonprofit organization which will apply for tax-exempt status under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
- Sgt. Corbin is settling in to life at Tarin Kowt, a.k.a TK, and you can follow his well-written dispatches at the Corbinistan blog, also available as a Kindle subscription.
I’ll also be providing updates on E-Books for Troops at the Kindle Chronicles podcast, where I hope I will be able to do another interview with Andre once the two new Kindles have arrived at TK. We wish Andre godspeed and thank him for helping us advance our mission, which is to provide e-readers and e-reading technology for our military personnel who are deployed overseas defending our country.
If you’d like to contribute, you’ll find a convenient link on this page. And please help by spreading the word!