The wait is finally over, well only if you own a Windows based device, for the blio reader from K-NFB and it’s partner Baker and Taylor. There is a full story in Business Wire, but the highlights include:
- free to download
- available immediately (Sept. 28th) for all Windows-based devices
- applications for iOS and Android operating systems following soon after
- full-color, interactive and immersive content
- today’s best-sellers as well as rich media content that’s simply not available on e-ink e-readers
- B & T signed over a hundred publishers
Interesting that the release will come one day before the LJ/SLJ eBook Summit where Ray Kurzweil, the founder of K-NFB and the developer of blio, will keynote. I’m anxious to hear what he has to say and hope I can get the reader downloaded before he speaks. In the coming months, Blio will be rolled out worldwide through device manufacturers, retailers, mobile carriers and educational institutions, and supported by fully-customized digital media storefronts. The first of these partnerships will be announced in the next few weeks.
From the press release:
Blio has a host of functions that make it smart, fun and easy to use. Highlights include:
- Blio mimics a book’s printed format like no other e-reader, with files presented in XPS format, which allows digital books to stay true to their original print version. Blio also supports ePub formatted books.
- Blio is powered by the most advanced text-to-speech technology, allowing readers to use books hands-free.
- Blio’s full-media functionality allows users to insert notes into their digital pages, highlight sections and even customize the look of their personal libraries. Users can reference words via numerous websites without leaving their e-book.
- Downloaded Blio titles are stored in a personal virtual library, enabling flexible access to content. This library can be accessed easily from numerous devices, allowing users to begin reading their book on a home PC, then pick up where they left off on a netbook, laptop or other mobile device.