Amazon has unveiled a new program designed to help educational establishments and authors produce ebooks for students.
With KDP EDU and the Kindle Textbook Creator, Amazon is expanding its Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) initiative to the teaching realm, letting teachers turn PDFs of course materials and textbooks into Kindle books, which can then be accessed via tablets, phones, and PCs.
The new formatted books can then be uploaded to KDP for global consumption, but the final product will be more useful than a plain old PDF, however. The new tool enables features such as flashcards, note-taking, and highlighting, with users able to highlight words or paragraphs to revisit later, and “cut” segments out to a seperate notebook, or annotate with context.
The Kindle Textbook Creator tool is currently in open beta, and constitutes part of the broader KDP EDU program. But it’s not the first time Amazon has introduced such a tool. Back in September it launched KDP Kids and the Kindle Kids’ Book Creator, aimed at helping children’s authors distribute ebooks, with a focus on llustrated titles with interactive features.