In a nutshell for those with limited reading time:
- Build a custom, rugged ebook reader device
- The whole library is stored on the device
- Use out-of-copyright and freely-licenced content like Project Gutenberg (42,000 books), English Wikipedia (4.4 million articles) and Simple English Wikipedia(100,000 articles)
- No internet access or any other network needed (nor supported on the device)
- Devices are charged and have their content updated through a central docking station that can handle several devices at once
New rules that stop UK prisoners receiving parcels have led to a political row over prisoners' access to books being restricted. Justice secretary Chris Grayling sees books as a privilege that must be earned through prisoner cooperation rather than as a basic right for everyone. While prisoners will still have access to prison libraries, the new rule clearly greatly reduces prisoners' access to the wide range of reading opportunities that they might like. Whether prisoners are reading for pleasure or education (or both), easy access to a wide range of books should be non-negotiable in a decent society, even for the most notorious or uncooperative prisoners. People are more than just flesh and blood; we need to feed our minds as well as our bodies.