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November 15, 2013

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e-textbook company Kno bites the dust

kno-intel-logo.jpgWell, maybe not quite, but the company has been sold to Intel, apparently at a knock-down price, losing millions of dollars for its investors. Announcement from Intel linked below. John Galvin of Intel says of the purchase:

The acquisition of Kno boosts Intel’s global digital content library to more than 225,000 higher education and K-12 titles through existing partnerships with 75 educational publishers. Even more, the Kno platform provides administrators and teachers with the tools they need to easily assign, manage and monitor their digital learning content and assessments.

Kno’s started out as a hardware company, with a large tablet designed specifically for textbooks. But then the iPad came out, so Kno switched their focus to software and the provision of a content platform. Their app is available for iOS, Android and Windows, and they have over 200,000 titles available. Their offering is based on the belief that a textbook on a tablet should be more than just a digitised version of print – an approach we advocate, of course. Kno’s extra features include the ability for teachers and students to track progress, annotate, and share what they’re doing. The ebooks can include multimedia and basic interactive quizzes. The platform itself is cloud based, so work is synced across all devices.

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