Reblog: How the Armed Services Editions Created a Nation of Readers

One of my jobs as a military librarian was to provide monthly book kits to deployed soldiers, sailors (both ashore and afloat), and Marines on Embassy Duty around the world. Those paperback book kits were the lineal descendants of the World War II’s Armed Serviced Editions.

15 thoughts on “Reblog: How the Armed Services Editions Created a Nation of Readers”

    1. Derrick, definitely. You can still find some more of the Armed Services editions available. They are more functional in shape than attractive. We used to use mass market paperbacks. Now that there are more trade paperbacks than mass market, I’m not sure what they do.

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  1. Fascinating! Books are definitely more than just a story full of characters, they are a symbol of freedom. During the British colonial era, Indian authors and poets wrote many stories with social and political injustice either as a backdrop or as the main theme. Those books became a tool sharper than any sword to understand and fight for freedom.

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  2. I was happily surprised when I first learned about book kits being sent to the troops. Each book is a journey into an adventure – thank you for being a part of that process.

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    1. A totally fun job and a great chance to get sent overseas. For those interested, you can even volunteer to deploy to a warzone where you will not be at the front. I was one for over 30 years.


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