No, the $6,600 Kindle is not some yet-to-be released super version of Amazon's popular e-reader. The $6,600 Kindle is actually what the federal government has contracted to pay for 2,500 Kindles in a new no-bid contract worth $16.5 million. The $6,600 price point is roughly 3500 times the retail price of the Kindle Fire. The cost premium estimate on what the government is paying is even a bit low because the actual contract calls for an e-reader more along the lines of the low end model which retails for just $79.
Department officials determined that Kindles were the only appropriate device for the contract, which was not opened to competitive bidding, contracting databases show. The Amazon e-Readers were selected because they come with a built-in English dictionary, support foreign languages, translate text to speech, and receive information securely from a content distribution platform managed by the State Department.A spokesman for Hillary Clinton tried to alleviate fears over government waste by claiming they would not pay one penny over retail. However, in a past contract they were perfectly willing to pay $163 per Kindle, nearly double the retail cost.