Super-Sized eTextbook Reader Debuts

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A dual screen eTextbook reader called the Kno turned heads at the All Things Digital conference this week. Kakai’s Kno uses two 14.1-inch screens solving a chief drawback in reading eTextbooks—the screen is usually too small to fit a page. Even laptops require scrolling around a page. Kakai says this has stymied the market to date and so it opted for the larger screen size. The Kno’s dual screens fit 95 percent of text books and Kakai has won support from four of the top text book publishers, according to CNET.
The device runs a touch screen interface on Linux and has a battery life of eight hours. It is expected to sell for under $1,000.
If the Kno reminds you of the Entourage–another dual screen device–we checked in with the company that made a splash at the Consumer Electronics Show but has been relatively quiet since. Doug Atkinson, VP of marketing and business development said Entourage is working on getting its device in stores by August for the Back to School season. We asked if the iPad is hurting sales. “The iPad is a toy and we’re something to get work done,” said Atkinson.
Source: CNET, Digital Trends, Fox News

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