Amazon's Kindle ecosystem is growing at an alarming rate. The company's cloud services are obviously catching on, and with Amazon's prowess in hosting files for everyone else in the world, it makes sense that they'd flex that muscle internally, too. The newest initiative is Whispercast for Kindle
. It's described as a free, self-service tool aimed at schools and businesses that need to manage large deployments of Kindles. The whole idea is a fascinating one; learning via digital means is gaining traction, and while tablets or laptops sound great, they're pretty pricey. The Kindle Fire or Kindle e-readers, however, are much more affordable for school budgets.
In addition to managing across Kindle devices, the service will also include support for "bring your own device" programs for students and employees wanting to add their own devices to a Whispercast account. Moreover, support for the distribution of applications from the Amazon Appstore for Android will be rolled in. Here's a bit more from Amazon:
"Whispercast provides a single access point to easily purchase and distribute Kindle books and documents for educational, marketing and employee incentive programs across Kindle devices and free Kindle reading applications for iPad, iPhone, Android phones and tablets, PCs and Macs. In the coming months, Whispercast will support distribution of Kindle Fire applications. Whispercast works with Kindle e-readers and Kindle Fire tablets, including the recently announced $69 Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Paperwhite 3G, Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD, Kindle Fire HD 8.9" and Kindle Fire HD 8.9" 4G LTE. Whispercast makes it easy for business owners to manage and deploy fleets of Kindle e-readers and tablets as a way to support employee productivity or customer marketing initiatives. Additionally, Whispercast makes it easy to centrally distribute PDFs and other business documents such as a conference agenda or training materials to employees or customers. With "bring your own device" support businesses will be able to distribute documents and Kindle books to personally-owned Kindles and other devices with access to free Kindle reading applications."
If we had to guess, this is probably just scratching the surface when it comes to Amazon's cloud services related to the Kindle ecosystem.