Amazon Starts Marketplace for Teachers to Sell Online Educational Resources

Tech giant Amazon is making an attempt to profit from the growing number of teachers who sell lesson plans and other classroom-related materials to colleagues and parents online. On Tuesday, the company announced a program called Amazon Ignite, which will let a select group of educators sell their online teaching resources via Amazon. The lesson plans and other resources will show up in regular Amazon search results, just like any other product in the vast digital marketplace. Amazon will take 30 percent of the sales of teacher-made resources, plus a transaction fee of 30 cents for items under $2.99. The name sounds very similar to, but is separate from, Amazon’s collection of free online educational resources, called Inspire. That effort drew controversy when it was launched in 2016, when teachers complained that Amazon was not doing enough to keep people from posting copyrighted materials that they didn’t create and claiming them as their own. In response, Amazon removed the offending materials, took the site down for maintenance, and later relaunched it with what officials said was a more-robust vetting system.

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