Today Amazon issued a press release with quite possibly the longest title to date. I’ll let it do all the explaining:
“Announcing Whispercast for Kindle—A Free Self-Service Tool for Schools and Businesses to Manage Large Deployments of Kindles and Support Purchase and Distribution of Kindle Books and Documents Across Kindle E-Readers, Kindle Fires and Free Kindle Reading Apps”
I didn’t know it was possible to use the word Kindle six times in a title, but Amazon found a way.
Basically Whispercast for Kindle allows schools and businesses to manage a large collection of Kindles from one centralized account. This allows them to purchase and distribute Kindle content across multiple Kindle devices and Kindle apps. Whispercast supports the distribution of personal and business documents too, including PDFs and word documents.
Account administrators can setup different groups within the account to accommodate for multiple types of users within the system. For example, a school can setup user groups for different grades and classes.
Administrators can also configure device settings across all Kindles at once for things like setting up Wi-Fi and setting up parental restrictions to disallow access to the web and Kindle Store.
For businesses and schools that support it, there’s a “bring your own device” program for students and employees wanting to add their own devices to a Whispercast account.
Right now Whispercast works with Kindle content and documents. In the “coming months” they plan to add support for distributing Amazon’s Kindle Fire Android apps through Whispercast too.
Below is a YouTube video (commercial) that Amazon put together introducing Whispercast for Kindle at schools.