State Department to Purchase Kindles for Foreign Language Centers

Jun 14, 2012

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.