Textbooks are coming to students’ Facebook news feeds
Digital textbook company will make more than 100,000 books accessible through Facebook
Read more by Denny Carter
August 16th, 2011
In between commenting on photos, posting videos, and updating statuses, college students will be able to read textbooks, study with classmates, and post questions on Facebook after a California-based digital textbook company released its eBooks to the world’s most popular social network.
Kno, an educational software company that grabbed the attention of campus technologists in July with the release of a controversial eBook survey, announced Aug. 10 that it would make more than 100,000 digital textbooks readable via Facebook.
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Using Kno’s Facebook application–in open beta for now–students will be able to access a reading assignment and use their Facebook news feed to pose questions to fellow students, teaching assistants, and professors.
While student Facebook use is considered ubiquitous in many corners of higher education, Kno released survey results to reinforce what faculty members know all too well: Facebook is an ingrained part of everyday life for teenagers and twenty-somethings.
Students in the Kno research spent an average of three hours a day on the social media site. Nearly seven in 10 respondents said they would be “likely” to use a Facebook app that “might improve their grades.”