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Reed College to Test Amazon Kindle DX in Fall 2009


Reed was selected by Amazon as one of five colleges to test the Kindle DX for classroom use.


Portland, OR (May 6, 2009)--Amazon announced today that Reed College is a pilot school for testing the Kindle DX. The lightweight electronic device allows students to download textbooks and class materials assigned by their professors, including syllabi and reading lists. The DX has a keyboard that provides the ability for note taking, and additional technology that allows for the highlighting of pertinent text.

"We welcome the opportunity to explore this new technology and evaluate its potential in different areas of the curriculum," said Martin Ringle, Reed's Chief Technology Officer.  "We are eager to see if this is the watershed device that will make electronic texts a viable option for college students."

Students in select classes (approximately three upper-division classes) will begin using the Kindle DX devices in fall 2009. The Kindle will give students wireless delivery of books, and the capacity to carry thousands of books in one small device. It also saves on the economic and environmental costs of printing on paper.

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Contacts:

Martin Ringle, Reed College CTO, 503-777-7254 or ringle@reed.edu

Kevin Myers, Reed College spokesperson, 503/517-7815 or Myersk@reed.edu

Drew Herdener, Amazon.com director of communications, 206/266-1913