September 29, 2016

Kno Giving Away $10 Million in Free eTextbooks

Education software company Kno has launched a free etextbook promotion. Any student or professor with a .edu email address can sign up for the first come, first served giveaway.

After registering on the Kno site, students will receive an invite link to be sent out by December 31, according to the website. Recipients can then choose any one from more than 100,000 titles available in Kno’s bookstore.

Participants who receive an etextbook invite will be able to choose a free title up until January 31, 2012. But act fast, the offer ends when they’ve reached $10M in total giveaways.

Kno had produced a 14-inch, dual-screen tablet geared for the student market, but exited the hardware business in April to concentrate on creating educational software for other platforms.

Kno textbooks are available for the iPad, the Web, and Facebook. Features include sticky notes, a Quiz Me function, a Course Manager for organizing multiple textbooks, PDFs and other content. And 3D functionality is available for select chemistry titles.


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  1. Extremely well written post!

  2. I tried these guys out, it is a very cool idea. However, if you are looking for all free etextbooks try which has a growing database. Def think etextbooks are the future, i love my ipad!