Amazon subsidiary Audible Inc. celebrated its 20th anniversary of service and its 10th anniversary in Newark with free memberships and Amazon Fire tables for all Newark high school students and teachers. The initiative was dubbed “Project Listen Up” by Audible, who held a distribution event at Technology High School in Newark on Wednesday.
“Audible is a better company and a better place to work because of our decision to move to Newark ten years ago and include so many Newark high school and college students and Newark-born and educated people as our paid interns and employees,” said Don Katz, Audible founder and CEO. “As our interns who get free access to Audible memberships already know, students, parents, and teachers consistently tell us how powerfully listening to Audible has made a difference – whether it engenders a lasting love of stories, builds active vocabulary, helps with academics, or simply allows people to fit more books into their lives.”
In its totality, the project will distribute roughly 15,000, 8-inch, 8GB Amazon Fire Tablets. Students and teachers also received a one-year membership to Audible and will be able to keep their content even after their membership expires.
“A critical focus of our teachers is generating excitement about learning and bringing people into books,” said Christopher D. Cerf, superintendent of Newark Public Schools. “Audible opens up a world of adventure, a world of excitement, a world of learning. And as an increasing number of students prefer digitally delivered media, access to Audible facilitates a range of learning choices.”
Audible will distribute tablets to every other high school in Newark through a series of events beginning in January 2019.