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Subject: Comparison of iOS e-book reader software, E-books, Baker & Taylor, Ebooks, International Digital Publishing Forum
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Blio is a free-to-download e-reader software platform created by Ray Kurzweil that was unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in early January 2010. The Blio e-reader preserves typography and supports color illustrations, features that make it particularly effective for certain categories of books not well supported by E Ink, such as cookbooks and children's books.[1] Blio also comes with text-to-speech integration, with support for both a computerized voice and synchronization with professionally recorded audiobooks.[2]

Blio iPhone app supports Rapid Serial Visual Presentation (RSVP)mode which lets you read up to 1000 words per minute with each word presented individually. The reader controls the rate of presentation with a screen thumb dial.

Blio is available for download on Microsoft Windows, Google Android devices with a version optimized for Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet computers, and Apple iOS devices.

Blio also has a bookstore, backed by Baker & Taylor. It offers thousands of full color books from hundreds of publishers, with reviews and ratings from Goodreads.[3] Library borrowers may download Baker & Taylor ebooks and audiobooks borrowed from public libraries' Axis 360 platform via the Blio app.[4]

See also


  1. ^ Barrett, Brian (December 28, 2009). "First Look at Blio, Ray Kurzweil’s Tablet-Friendly Ebook Format".  
  2. ^ Sydell, Laura (January 6, 2010). "Blio: Perhaps The Future Of Books?".  
  3. ^ "Homepage". Blio. Retrieved 2012-05-05. 
  4. ^ "Axis 360 Digital Media Library by Baker & Taylor". Retrieved August 2013. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Article on Blio creation
  • Baker & Taylor

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