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  •  Yes there are power shortages, (0+ / 0-)

    but many institutions have backup generators - and once an e-reader is charged it can be used for a considerable length of time (weeks? months?) So lack of power is not necessarily disqualifying.

    I suspect that these e-readers are available at libraries/institutions that the Embassy partners with:

    http://islamabad.usembassy.gov/...

    Whether these institutions lend the e-readers or just permit them to be used on the spot - I don't know.

    That's eight libraries - all in cities.  Rural electrification is not that uncommon (more common than Bangladesh for example).  Illiteracy would be more of a concern than lack of electricity if one were trying to reach the entire population.  However, since the population of Pakistan is over half that of the US - it's unlikely the USG will attempt that task.

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