Kno Digital Textbooks now available on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and Windows 8 Devices


With the recent launch of the iPad Mini, the Microsoft Surface RT and the new Google Nexus 10 tablet as well as the new Nexus 4 flagship phone being just around the corner one can say that the mobile device war has definitely heated up over the past couple of weeks. It’s not just Apple and the iOS ecosystem anymore as other manufacturers in combination with new operating systems offer quite attractive alternatives.

Our sister site Fair Languages already covered the launch of the first Windows 8 language learning applications by Berlin-based startup Babbel. Today K-12 and university students can add a ton of textbooks on top of that.

Kno just launched its Windows 8 application in the Windows Store which gives students access to over 200.000 digital textbooks from over 65 publishers.

Osman Rashid, co-founder and CEO of Kno said

“Kno and Microsoft share an unwavering commitment to improving education through digital technologies that enhance the student learning process to achieve better outcomes. And, because the Windows operating system is the most used in the world, we’re now able to bring our interactive learning tools to even more students and teachers whether they are using a laptop or tablet in the classroom.”

The new Kno for Windows 8 app takes advantage of the new Windows 8 features such as Charms, which are a set of shortcuts to common tasks that are available anywhere within the system.

The new Android version of the Kno app is also taking full advantage of Jelly Bean (4.2), the latest version of the Android operating system. This way the app is ready for the upcoming Google Nexus devices that will be available in November.

With the addition of Windows 8, Kno’s textbooks are now available on almost any device on the market.

Kirsten Winkler is the founder and editor of EDUKWEST. She also writes about Social Media, Digital Society and Startups at