The strong demand for short-form reading material resulted in ASE collections of stories and verse which existed as such in no other form. These specially prepared anthologies were popular: short stories could be as brief as a magazine article, a valuable attribute to a service personnel on the move. ASE short story collections ranged from the tales of Edgar Allan Poe to the short stories of Hemingway.

There were fewer ASE collections of poetry than of short stories, but the books selected were just as eclectic, ranging from Carl Sandburg to the creatively titled A Wartime Whitman.