State Department to Purchase Kindles for Foreign Language Centers

Jun 14, 2012


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In an effort to promote English literacy around the world, the State Department is considering purchasing up to 35,000 Kindle e-readers as well as selected content, according to Nextgov. The Kindles would be distributed to US-friendly educational centers around the world and would be available to those looking to study English and learn about America.

The e-readers contract was not open for bidding as the State Department went directly to Amazon. Kindle was reportedly selected because of features such as foreign language support, a built-in English dictionary, and the ability to translate text to speech.

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