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Campaigning by Kindle

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, May 13 2009

Tyler Gernant, a Democratic candidate running for Montana's sole House seat, is engaged in what's likely a tech-politics first: campaiging by Kindle. Gernant has made his policy papers available as a $.99 download on the e-reader. About a third of the proceeds will go to plant trees in Montana. No word on how many Montanans have Kindles -- Amazon doesn't release its sales figures for the product. (Gernant doesn't make a point of it, but Montanas might also read his stuff using the free iPhone Kindle reader.) But for what it's worth, I just got a Kindle. And while it's still early on in our relationship, I'm pretty madly in love with the thing.

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