Selling digital books to NYC students through an internal marketplace

The New York City Department of Education awarded Amazon a $30 million contract to provide digital textbooks to its 1.1 million students over the next three years. While the deal only covers the content and not the hardware, the books will be available on laptops, tablets, e-readers and smartphones.

The department picked the online retailer because of its solid catalog of content and its lower prices. Amazon is taking only a 10% to 15% commission on each sale and will be in charge of training the school’s staff. The partnership is an example of Amazon Education’s commitment to connected classrooms, helping students and teachers in the transition to digital learning, Amazon said in a statement. The contract will go into effect next school year.

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