The 12-minute video lectures that Bill Gates has called “the start of a revolution” will now be linked with the material in some digital textbooks. Etextbook maker Kno announced Monday that it will integrate thousands of tutorial videos from Khan Academy into its books.
The concept is pretty great. Textbooks don’t just need to be made digital in text form, but rather they need to come to life. The ability to integrate lecture videos and other multimedia content should really help push digital textbooks over the top and start to break up the hegemony that the traditional textbook companies have over the textbook market.