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State Dept. Makes Kindle Buy

The State Department has awarded Amazon a sole-source contract to provide the department with Kindle devices, NextGov reports.

The Kindles will support the department’s English Access Microscholarship Program, which is intended to help those who are studying the English language and want to learn about the U.S.

According to Dawn Lim’s report, the department chose the Kindle e-Reader because of its built-in dictionary, foreign language support, text-to-speech translation, battery life and global Wi-Fi connectivity.

The $16.5 million contract gives the department control over the dissemination of content in the Kindles and selected libraries and educational centers worldwide will receive the 2,500 Kindles.

The department also considered Barnes and Noble’s Nook, Sony Reader Daily, Kobe e-Reader and Apple’s iPad for purchase.

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