NYC schools moving to e-books

NYC schools moving to e-books

A New York City Department of Education panel approved the city’s e-book contract with Amazon, allowing more than 1,800 public schools across the city to purchase digital books through an online marketplace.

The three-year, $30 million contract was announced last summer after a three-year process in which the city's Department of Education  reviewed 14 proposals from vendors.

Many public schools in NYC do not have enough space to store textbooks adequately, and the lack of competition among publishers makes it difficult to compare options and prices or exchange book licenses with other classrooms and schools, Devora Kaye, a DOE spokeswoman, told Politico New York in July.

The city is expected to provide $2.7 million worth of digital books and other publications for use by students and school staff on smartphones, tablets and laptops in the first year of the contract, according to the Seattle Times. The city will spend $12.7 in the second year and $20 million in the final year. There is also an option for a two-year extension. Additionally, Amazon will train the city’s staff on using the storefront.

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Derek Major is a former reporter for GCN.

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