It was recently announced that Amazon won a contract with the New York City Department of Education to provide Ebooks to NYC schools. Some see this as a surprise move by the online company but others wonder what took Amazon so long to move into Education. Initially the agreement will be a 3 year contract worth $30 million and supply just digital content through an internal marketplace but not Kindle e-readers.
Time will tell how this will affect the education Ebook market. Could this be another niche for Amazon or just a money making venture? Could it be good for students and educators?
Others are more skeptical of the contract citing privacy concerns. Details surrounding student information are still being determined. Regardless, schools serving up Ebooks will have to pay attention to see how this evolves because Amazon may soon be the company providing their e-content.
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