Report: State to award Amazon $16.5 million Kindle contract


The State Department is getting Kindles.

The agency plans to award a $16.5 million contract to Amazon to purchase up to 7,000 Kindles annually to be distributed to libraries, culture centers and reading rooms, according to an Information Week report.

From the report:


The contract allows the State Department to acquire up to 7,000 Kindles annually. Amazon will be responsible for upgrading device software, maintaining a repository of government documents that can be accessed via 3G or Wi-Fi, and maintaining metrics on how content is accessed. Amazon also is required to support the delivery of content to other devices in use by the State Department, including Apple devices and Macs, Androids, Blackberrys, and PCs.

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