What We Do

American soldier Bobby Hunter reading a book while resting inside his oddly constructed billet somewhere near the front lines during the Allied push through Normandy in the weeks following the D-Day invasion of France. (Source: Life Photo Archive / Frank Scherschel)

Please note: E-Books for Troops concluded our mission in Summer 2014. We are no longer distributing Kindles to U.S. servicemen and women. Thank you all for your support. This site is an archive of the great work we did with this initiative.

The goal of E-Books for Troops is to build the nation’s leading non-profit organization dedicated to providing e-books and e-book technology to military personnel who are deployed overseas defending our country.

We are 100% volunteer-based and are dedicated to raising money to provide sponsored units with e-book readers and e-books in order to improve the quality of life and morale for our deployed soldiers.  Our organization is a 501(c)(3) approved, non-profit corporation.

So why is this so important to us?

It’s simple.  Our soldiers, airmen, Marines, and sailors make innumerable sacrifices to protect our freedoms and way of life.  When deployed, our troops must find a way to live in environments that at best, offer few of the “creative comforts” of life at home and do so while being extremely limited in the personal items they can bring with them overseas.

Additionally, an aspect of a deployed soldier’s life that is commonly overlooked is that he, or she, must also find ways to pass the downtime that inevitably occurs during a deployment.  It probably comes as no surprise then, that reading has always been one of the primary activities of our troops as they rest and renew for what lies ahead.

With that said, there’s a problem –  books take up a significant amount of space!  For obvious reasons, it would be extremely challenging for any military to build or bring a “field library” during an overseas deployment.  Instead, it is common for soldiers to rotate books from person to person and to read the same book multiple times during a single deployment as a way to pass the time and get a break from the stresses inherent in their profession.

And that’s where we believe E-Books for Troops has a tremendous opportunity to help.

While the soldier of yesteryear could ill afford to carry more than two to three books, today a solider with a single e-book reader has the potential to individually transport a library of 1500 books!  With a device that weighs 10 ounces and is only slightly larger than a paperback, we can transport a massive library of books overseas and improve the quality of life of the troops who are serving our country in its defense.  We think that is pretty amazing stuff.

Our vision is to build an organization that can provide e-book readers and related technology to military units across the globe.  We think it is a great cause and one that will absolutely help our soldiers overseas.  Hopefully you will join us in our efforts as well.

If you have other ideas, comments, or suggestions, please contact us.