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Amazon ebook deal with NYC schools postponed

In the US, New York City education officials have delayed a US$30m ($A41.7m) deal with Amazon for the company to provide students with ebooks after advocates highlighted the program would exclude the visually impaired, reports the NY Daily News. The three-year contract would have seen Amazon create an ebook marketplace for the city’s 1800 public schools, with Amazon’s proposal chosen ahead of 14 others. The education department chose to postpone the initiative after the National Federation of the Blind sent two letters warning that some students would have trouble using Amazon’s devices to navigate the ebooks. Education officials are now working with Amazon representatives on a revised proposal.


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