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Blio and Axis 360 from Baker & Taylor – an interview with Michael Bills

Last week I interviewed Michael Bills,  Director for Sales, Digital Products,  from Baker & Taylor about their eReader software, Blio.  Michael discussed the functionality of Blio and discussed Axis 360, a hosting and circulation platform for the Blio reader.

For more information on blio, visit http://www.baker-taylor.com/blio.cfm

Michaels interview, along with 40+ others are available on the NSR interviews page.

Accessibility and eBooks – Resources and an Interview

Yesterday I had the opportunity to speak with Ken Petri, the Director of the Web Accessibility Center at The Ohio State University, about the accessibility of eBooks and eBook readers.  Ken is incredibly knowledgeable on the topic and offered a great deal of information during the interview.  It’s about 25 minutes in length, so I strongly encourage you to download the file before listening due to it’s size.  Ken provided us with a great list of resources for various aspects of eBook accessibility, which are below.  Thanks Ken!

NSR offers monthly interviews with librarians, publishers, and others involved in the eBook industry.  Have a listen from the interviews page. Continue reading

blio available for download today – mixed reviews

Below is the press release from K-NFB announcing the official availability of the blio reader for Windows.  There’s been a lot of chatter on twitter today about reviews, download issues, complaints from MAC users, etc.  The CNET coverage of blio is worth a look.  For a more colorful review, try The Digital ReaderKNFB responded the next day – first day jitters.

I had some download issues of my own, the attempted download froze up Firefox two times, so I had to revert to IE, which worked just fine.  I also noticed in the small print on the blio site than an accessible version will be out in October.  So, MAC users and those requiring the accessible version will have to wait for the blio experience. Continue reading

Much awaited blio reader to launch Windows version on September 28th

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 Continue reading

Articles of Interest – eReaders, textbooks

Some really interesting articles and blog posts this week about a variety of eBook issues including:  eReader prices, lending eReaders in libraries, open source textbooks and new Cengage textbook content.

4 Reasons Why the Library Should Affect Your College Choice – US News and World Report

May a library lend e-book readers?

Open-sourced textbooks could ease college costs | NetworkWorld.com Community

Cengage Launches Course System with Content

E-readers race to the bottom as tablet market solidifies

eReader Price Wars Have Commenced

Ray Kurzweil & Blio e-reader: Is it really all that?

Untethered – The future of book publishing

Are Kindle Prices Edging Up?

Will the iPad Kill eReaders?

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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.