Could Amazon Whispercast Make School Books Obsolete?

Kindle made a major play for the textbook market with the introduction of Whispercast for Kindle,” which could give schools and businesses a simple, scalable online tool for deploying Kindle devices and Kindle content.

The technology, from the world’s largest retailer, is designed to provide a single access point to allow users to easily purchase and distribute Kindle books and documents. This would include purposes of education of course, but could also be used for marketing and employee incentive programs.

The program isn’t just limited to Kindle ereaders, as it is software-based and could be used with the Apple iPad and iPhone, as well as Android devices, PCs and Macs.

More info about Whispercast is at

What are your thoughts about the new Whispercast service? Is it something your school, university, or business will explore? Will this kind of service provide the impetus for “bring your own device” initiatives to become more mainstream in K-12?