Last Friday we learned from Intel Education that it acquired digital textbook maker Kno. The sum was undisclosed and the announcement itself pretty short. Intel is excited to welcome the team to the family and happy to integrate the 225k textbook titles to its offering.
Intel Education acquired the digital textbook maker Kno for an undisclosed sum. As Audrey Watters and TechCrunch point out, Intel Education took part in Kno’s $30 million Series C round.
Intel was part of the $30+ million Series C round when Kno ditched its hardware plans to focus on an app instead
— Audrey Watters (@audreywatters) November 9, 2013
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.
Editor’s Note: This article has first been published on edcetera – straight talk on edtech.
Digital textbooks still take a smaller percentage of the overall textbook market, but with the increasing adoption of tablets in education I believe it is safe to say that they will be the standard five years from now.
Nevertheless, there are a couple of problems to solve along the way, one of them being the multiple devices people use today to access their data, e.g. emails, music or videos in the cloud. And digital textbooks are of course part of that. Today, we (or most of us) have a smartphone, a tablet, a laptop and/or a PC/Mac workstation — all of which usually run a different kind of operating system. On top of that, all devices have a different screen size, ranging from around 4 inches on a phone to maybe 21 inches on your PC.