New York City’s Department of Education (DOE) is set to approve a $34.5 million contract with Amazon to create an ebook marketplace for the city’s 1,800 public schools.
Amazon will provide the school system with contracted content, such as widely used textbooks, as well as with non-contracted content, largely books and texts that individual schools select. Non-contracted content will be purchased directly from Amazon.
All the content will be accessible on a variety of devices, including smartphones, tablets, PCs and Macs.
The DOE received 14 proposals for the contract, and Amazon’s was approved unanimously. According to a DOE spokeswoman, the new marketplace will address many of the school system’s major issues, including the physical space for books and resources, the decay and loss of books, and an inability to compare options and prices.
The marketplace will be phased in over five years, beginning in the fall.
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