The only e-reader fit enough to meet the U.S. State Department’s needs is the Kindle Touch. The iPad and Nook simply won’t do. The government has asked Amazon to negotiate a no-bid contract of up to $16.5 million to pass out Kindles to the country’s embassies overseas. This was first reported by Nextgov. If Amazon proposes a contract based on the State Department’s needs, it would theoretically provide at least 2,500 Kindle Touches preloaded with 50 titles each to the State Department; but this number could grow because the government is looking to negotiate a contract that could last up to five years. Read the full story at CNET.
State Department offers Amazon up to $16.5M to hand out Kindles
Author: Shelly Palmer
Shelly Palmer is Fox 5 New York's On-air Tech Expert (WNYW-TV) and the host of Fox Television's monthly show Shelly Palmer Digital Living. He also hosts United Stations Radio Network's, Shelly Palmer Digital Living Daily, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment. He is Managing Director of Advanced Media Ventures Group, LLC an industry-leading advisory and business development firm and a member of the Executive Committee of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (the organization that bestows the coveted Emmy® Awards).