Campus Technology / 06-22-10 / Dian Schaffhauser
Startup Kno has begun showing its two-display, touchscreen e-reader designed specifically for higher education use. According to its makers, Kno (short for "knowledge") will blend textbooks, course material, note-taking, Web access, educational applications, digital media, and sharing features.
The company said the new device is expected to go into beta testing in the fall semester 2010 and will be available for sale in late fall in the United States. The Kno platform supports Flash, HTML5, PDF, and ePub file formats.
The idea behind the design is to replicate the "book experience by fully preserving the publishers' carefully defined page structure," Kno said in a statement. [snip]
Kno said it is working with publishers to ensure availability of required textbooks and course materials for students by product launch later this year. It has announced "strategic relationships" with Cengage Learning, McGraw Hill, Pearson, and Wiley for the beta program, specifically. [snip]