Amazon launches free platform for educators

“Amazon plans to launch a free platform for schools and other educators to upload, manage and share educational materials. Amazon Education quietly opened an ‘Amazon Education Wait List,’ where educators could sign up to get an alert for when a new, free platform opens for business. ‘The future of education is open,’ the landing page for the wait list reads. ‘Someday soon, educators everywhere will have free and unlimited access to first-class course materials from a revolutionary platform. Get on the wait list to be notified when the platform is available for all schools and classrooms!’
The wait list may be linked to another project that Amazon has been quietly promoting called ‘Amazon Inspire’. The Inspire platform is in beta and will be released publicly in the next two to three months. It will include the ability to self-publish learning materials and give schools the ability to upload the entirety of their digital libraries. People will be able to use the interface to manage their own materials as well as use those uploaded by others, with users able to rate and review materials as they go along.”