If you’re trying to use Kindles or other e-readers in your school or business, one of the challenges is purchasing, then distributing, e-books and other materials to everyone who needs them. Mobile device management solutions focus overwhelmingly on platforms like iOS, Android, BlackBerry, and others. Most don’t often bother with standalone e-readers.

To help with these problems, Amazon is debuting a new service called Whispercast. The service will let US-based schools and businesses distribute Kindle e-books and other documents to any Kindle, Kindle Fire, or smartphone and tablet running a Kindle app. The service is managed through a free-to-use Web-based console which can also manage wireless network settings, password requirements, and other settings on Kindle Fire tablets and Kindle e-readers. We took the console for a spin to see how it works.

Signing up users and registering devices

Once you’ve signed up and logged in, you’ll need to register some users before you can do anything else. Administrators can either create all-new credentials for users without existing Amazon accounts, or invite existing Amazon users to join your company’s account. The system for inviting users is still a bit clunky—after providing an Amazon account e-mail address, the console generates a link that administrators must forward to the user in order to complete the sign-up process.

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