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By Sally Finley - Posted May 1, 2013
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Company: Kno, Inc., 5155 Old Ironsides Drive, Santa Clara, CA 95054, 877-935-6648;

Price: Pricing is available from Kno, Inc. at 877-935-6648. Some books can be rented for a 6-month period or 180 days. A 15-day, no questions asked, money-back guarantee for all books purchased or rented through the Kno Bookstore is available.

Audience: K–12

Format: Runs on iPads, Androids, the web, and Windows 7 and 8.

System Requirements: Kno Textbooks App is compatible with iOS 4.3.5 and above. iOS 5.1.1. is recommended for best performance. Compatible browsers are Internet Explorer 8, 9, 10; Google Chrome 10+; Apple Safari 4+; and Mozilla Firefox 4+.

Description: Kno offers interactive K–12 textbooks with links to content, the web, and interactive modules.

Overall Rating:5 Stars
Ease of Use:A
Product Support:A


Reviewer Comments:

Installation/Access: Access to Kno requires a username and password. An internet connection is required to upload books. Bookmarking the address provides quick access to the site. Installation Rating: A

Content/Features: Kno provides access to more than 200,000 titles of textbooks. The Journal brings all student work into one linked document. The personal study dashboard tracks learning. Stats on time spent reading, notes added, and flashcard masters are easily accessed. Smart Links delivers instructional video, images, and photos into texts.

Kno Cloud provides opportunities to sync and recover anytime and anyplace. Glossary terms are automatically turned into flashcards. Advanced search filters searches through books, courses, terms, highlights, and notes for location of specific terms.

Kno offers collaboration with other students and the instructor through the ability to share notes, highlights, sticky notes, drawings, and journal and video content.

Special features include the following:

• iPad and Android versions: 3D video, a pen to mark the textbook, and connection to Dropbox for easy access

• iPad version: A feature that turns diagrams into a multiple choice quiz

Content/Features Rating: A

Ease of Use: An internet connection is the only thing needed to view books on the Kno web browser. Ease of Use Rating: A

Product Support: Support is provided through the phone at 877-935-6648, or through live chat. Product Support Rating: A

Recommendation: Kno takes textbooks one step further by not only offering them online, but adding enhancements to make them more personalized for each student. These ebooks encourage collaboration with students and instructors through the use of creative tools such as highlighting text, sharing notes with others, and linking to relevant content. Teachers can share the most important and relevant information with their students through Kno’s Social Sharing tool. Getting through the book is much easier when students can get notes from their friends and even the teacher. These notes actually appear in the student’s book, which saves some major studying time.

The versatility of use is a major benefit, since Kno books can be used on a variety of devices that can be taken anywhere. Once a book is downloaded, an internet connection is no longer required to read the book. I love the idea of being able to highlight important passages and add sticky notes to focus on important content.

One feature called Kno Me lets the student share results with their peers and even follow other classmates. It gives ownership to the student and helps them understand where they are in their studies and where they should go next.

The special features of these ebooks make it easy for a student to review all of their hard work before an exam. The search engine makes it easy and fast to locate specific information and terms.

This is an excellent opportunity for every student, and I highly recommend it to not only students but teachers as well. Highly Recommended.

Reviewer: Sally Finley is an educational consultant based in Coral Springs, Fla. Email:

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