Kindle update: E-readers expelled from more universities

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kindle_smallJust days after Arizona State University settled a lawsuit over its use of Amazon’s Kindle e-reader in the classroom, the U.S. Department of Justice has struck a deal with three other universities, who agreed to set aside the devices until they are easier for blind students to use.

At the end of the spring semester, pilot projects exploring the use of Kindles at New York’s Pace University, Cleveland’s Western Reserve University and Portland’s Reed College will come to an end, at least until Amazon releases a version of the Kindle that offers a nonvisual user interface — which the e-tailer announced last month would be available by summer.

Before you go thinking Amazon is being picked on, The Associated Press reported the agreement also covers similar e-readers marketed by Barnes & Noble and Sony.

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