Kindle Support Comes to Blackboard Learn Platform

Blackboard today announced support for Amazon.com's Kindle electronic book reader through a new Blackboard Building Block. It's being released as open source software.

The new Blackboard Building Block for e-Readers let's users take content from Blackboard Learn and, through the Kindle Personal Document Service, send it to the Kindle to access it from any location. According to Blackboard, the service supports "texts, documents and other material from the Blackboard Learn platform."

"Teachers and students at all levels are beginning to embrace the ease of use and simplicity of e-readers," said Michael L. Chasen, president and CEO of Blackboard, in a statement released today. "With stronger support for e-textbooks and e-readers, mobile learning becomes a reality for students who can carry a wealth of academic texts and other information in the palm of their hand wherever they go."

The Building Block is being made available as free and open source software. Further information about the technology can be found here.

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