Kno announced the pricing of its single and dual-screen tablet textbooks, and are now accepting a limited number of pre-orders for an initial shipment that is expected to be on customers’ doorsteps by the end of the year. The single-screen model costs $599 and the dual screen version is priced at $899.
The Kno has one or two 14.1-inch LED-backlit glossy multitouch display with 1440×900 resolution and comes with a pen stylus. They are powered by NVIDIA Tegra T200 processor with dual-core ARM Cortex A9 MPCore, 512MB on-board memory and 16GB or 32GB flash memory. The Kno tablets support Bluetooth and WiFi 802.11b/g. Other than serving as digital textbook, Kno tablets also support audio and video playback.
Digital textbooks, which typically cost between 30 and 50 percent less than physical textbooks, will be priced separately and will be sold through the Kno bookstore, which will be accessible on every Kno device. Starting today, students will be able to browse Kno’s bookstore at www.kno.com/store/books, which will include tens of thousands of the most popular textbooks and supplement materials. Kno has previously announced that it is working with major textbook publishers including Cengage, McGraw Hill and Pearson. The company recently added publishers including Macmillan, Bedford, Freeman & Worth and Holtzbrinck as well as BarCharts Publishing, Kaplan, Random House and a large number of the University Presses.