State picks Amazon's Kindle Touch over iPad

The State Department is taking sides in the ongoing tablet wars, choosing Amazon's Kindle over the Apple iPad for its overseas language education programs, Venture Beat reports.

In a justification and approval notice on the FedBizOpps website, the department named the Amazon Kindle Touch the winner of the $16.5 million no-bid contract.

Specifically, State said the iPad fell short of the contract requirements in two areas: its centrally managed platform for registration and content delivery and its battery life. State also said some of the iPad's extra features were unnecessary to the department and represented potential security risks.

Under the contract, Amazon will provide the department with 2,500 Kindle Touches. It will be responsible for shipping them overseas, providing instructions on accessing content, offering 24/7 support, and "disabl[ing] certain standard features for the e-reader," according to the notice.

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Reader Comments

Tue, Jun 19, 2012 Shabby

10% under retail! Not too shabby! Of course, buying a BLOCK of 2500 Kindles should have gotten a WHOLESALE price... at what.. 30% off? (based on OLD estimates allowing a 40% "markup" for margin) Between the $99 (or $89) and the free Super Saver Shipping, prices could have been even better, especially if they Googled for coupon codes. Sure beats earlier-claimed (and the poorly-researched) $6600.

Thu, Jun 14, 2012 Editor

Editor’s note: It has been widely reported that State’s contract works out to $6,600 per device. However, the Atlantic Wire, after talking with State and Amazon officials, reports that the contract calls for State to spend up to $16.5 million over five years and that the 2,500 Kindles are just the initial order. A State spokesman said the department is getting the Kindles at 10 percent less than the retail price. http://www.theatlanticwire.com/global/2012/06/state-department-buying-english-teaching-kindles-6600-each/53407/

Thu, Jun 14, 2012 Allan

$6,600.00 per device - not too shabby.

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