Have you heard about blio?

Have you heard about blio reader, the free ebook reader from Baker & Taylor?  I got a demo of it last week at the American Library Association conference in Boston.  It’s pretty cool, offering full color and audio for any open system – MAC, PC, iPhone, netbook, etc.  Blio was developed by a gamer – very cool and wise decision in my opinion.  Even children’s books looked and sounded good on this reader.  Some cool features I saw included:

  • full color
  • text 2 speech (TTS) – which sounded pretty good
  • track audio down to the word, start reading again at the exact word
  • embedded multimedia
  • page turning
  • highlight word and get a definition
  • reflowable text
  • change font
  • some titles were narrated, depends on publisher
  • publishers can edit/control the voice for text 2 speech reading – change gender, tone, speed, etc.

blio will be available for the retail market in February with access to over 1 million free ebooks and a large selection of trade/childrens titles for purchase, through the online bookstore.  B & T plans to expand to the library market in the summer of 2010.  The website offers a comparison chart of various ereaders.  Check it out.

3 thoughts on “Have you heard about blio?”

  1. The Blio reader sounds cool! Never heard of it. I really love the text to speech feature. I’m going to check the link you provided.

  2. You might also want to check out kobobooks.com

    Similar concept — except they have already launched and are expanding their service very soon. They claim to have 1.8 million free books + 200,000 paid titles.

  3. Thank for you introducing me to kobobooks.com.
    I really like that they believe that people should be able to read any book on any device! As they say, the closed system hinders growth. How true is that?! I think that many people who are considering buying a ebook reading device is turned off by the fact that they will be ‘tied into’ one source for getting their e-books. I have happily joined their mailing list!

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