Intel stuffs its backpack with high-tech textbooks in Kno deal

Bolstering its mission to expand technology in the classroom, the chipmaker acquires educational-software company Kno.

Kno offers more than 200,000 interactive titles for students. Kno

Intel is expanding its push into education technology with the acquisition of digital education startup Kno.

The acquisition of the educational-software company, which Intel's John Galvin announced in a blog post Friday, will boost the company's "global digital content library to more than 225,000 higher education and K-12 titles through existing partnerships with 75 educational publishers." Galvin said the acquisition is a new resource in Intel Education's mission to support rapid technology adoption in the classroom.

The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Santa Clara, Calif.-based Kno, which was founded in 2009, came out with an educational tablet back in 2010 but eventually shifted gears to focus on educational software , including apps for digitized textbooks . The company currently offers more than 200,000 interactive textbooks for student, according to its Web site.

According to TechCrunch, which first reported the acquisition, Kno's entire team will be joining Intel -- except for co-founder and CEO Osman Rashid. Apparently, Rashid and Galvin did not see "eye to eye" on the direction of Kno under Intel.

"That was something that Osman and I talked about early in the process," said Galvin, according to TechCrunch. "But where I wanted to take [Kno] and where Osman wanted to take it were two different things. His direction was to continue with a North American focus and I want to go international, and for us to go international, that's about integrating with Intel's sales teams, working on bringing this to new markets."

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