Amazon to Partner With U.S. Government on International Learning Initiative

UPDATE: Per reporting at PaidContent.org, Amazon and the U.S. will announce a pilot program on Wednesday and not a full-fledged agreement. According to what a State Department spokesperson told PaidContent reporter Laura Hazard Owen, “The two sides need to work out details. The event isn’t to announce a deal. It’s to talk about the initiative.” We regret the error. The story below has been updated to reflect the change.

Amazon and the U.S. government are discussing partnering on a program that will send thousands of Kindle e-readers packed with content to regions around the world to help spread knowledge of American culture.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are expected to announce the initiative on Wednesday at a press conference in Washington, D.C. The program is called the Kindle Mobile Learning Initiative.

According to a State Department press announcement: “This public-private partnership with Amazon.com and the U.S. government will create a global e-reader program that introduces aspects of U.S. society and culture directly to young people, students, and international audiences in new ways and expands English language learning opportunities worldwide.”

Earlier in the week, it came to light that the U.S. government was considering buying thousands of Kindle e-readers from Amazon along with a bevy of services and content for $16.5 million over five years.

Wednesday’s press conference will be held at 9:45 AM at the U.S. Department of State.

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