“The U.S Department of State has withdrawn plans to place a $16.5 million order on Amazon.com for its Kindle Touch devices along with content management, and logistics, stating that it intends to conduct additional market research and re-examine its requirements for the program,” John Ribeiro reports for IDG News Service.
“The Kindle was identified as the only product that met the department’s requirements, according to the Justification and Approval (J&A) for other than full and open competition,” Ribeiro reports. “Apple’s iPad was rejected because it fell under the tablet or computer category rather than as a single-function e-reader, and had additional features that “are not only unnecessary, but also present unacceptable security and usability risks for the government’s needs in this particular project.'”
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MacDailyNews Take: You cannot do additional market research when you never did any in the first place.
U.S. State Department pays $6,600 each for Amazon Kindles that retail for $189 – June 11, 2012