Wednesday, October 17, 2012

With Whispercast, Amazon Hoping to Get Kindles into Schools and Businesses

Pretty savvy move … Amazon looks to get Kindles to schools, workers: has launched a service to help schools and workplaces manage Kindles used by students and employees — sending out e-books or blocking certain types of activities, for example.

Called Whispercast, the free service lets businesses and schools buy and distribute books and documents to Kindles over a wireless Internet connection. This means teachers can send out books to students in their class, and businesses can send out training materials, schedules and other documents, Amazon said. Schools can also block Kindles from accessing the Web and can prevent students from being able to make purchases on the device.

Amazon said the service lets administrators register students and employees to their organizations' Kindle devices, assigning them into groups for classes, grade levels or corporate departments. They can then distribute content to these groups or configure the settings on the devices from one location.

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