Kno has decided to transition away from its oversize dual-screen tablet and focus more on the educational content it planned to put on the tablets by making thousands of textbooks available on Facebook.
At first glance, it's not a bad idea, considering the number of students that use Facebook already. Kno plans to become an e-book distributor; when students buy e-textbooks from them, the company will make it available through Facebook, a Web-based reader and even an iPad app that launched in June.
Kno will provide more than just text and pictures, too. The e-textbooks will be able to turn diagrams into quizzes simply by obscuring the parts of the diagram or their descriptions, making it easy for readers to test themselves. Another feature will create a journal that catalogs all the highlighted passages and notes the reader makes, compiling them into one easily searchable areaOther features planned include audio recordings and handwritten notes. The company already has information available on its Facebook app, but some features such as highlighting and annotating won't be available until later this year.