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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

State Department Pays $6,600 per Kindle for 2,500 Kindles

Yup, the State Department has awarded a $16.5 million contract to Amazon to stock designated libraries and U.S.-friendly educational centers around the world with 2,500 Kindle e-Readers, procurement databases show, according to The contract includes 50 titles, a secure central management system and round-the-clock help desk service. The purchase works out to a cost of $6,600 per reader. No doubt there may be extra support and software that comes with these Kindles, but $6,000 plus worth? Kindle's on Amazon's web page now sell for between $79 and $379. Is this a procurement horror story reminiscent of years past that saw the Defense Department by claw hammers for $435, toilet seats for $640 and coffee makers for $7,600? It sure smells like it. But don't expect the State Department to own up to it.
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