US State Department to Buy $6,600 Kindles
Update: The original source has retracted the story. It seems that the contract wasn’t a contract' it was an offer extended to Amazon. No deal has been made.
Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and Sony need not apply; no, according to the requirements it must be a Kindle, because that’s the only device which fits the bill. it must have:
- Mobi & PRC support,
- a case,
- 6″ E-ink screen, and it must be
- "the latest generation devices that have audio and video capabilities".
Sadly, that last requirement is not a joke. It’s actually in the spec sheet, and it is likely the explanation for why this contract was let for $16.5 million.
I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to funding out how exactly Amazon is going to pull that off. The Kindle Touch, as built, doesn’t have video abilities. Oh sure, you can hack them to add a video player, but at best that does not work well.
But that probably doesn’t matter to my government. After all, the bureaucrat who wrote the contract doesn’t actually have to spend his own money, and Amazon probably doesn’t care either (it’s not like anyone else could fill the contract, after all).
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