About knfb Reading Technology™ & Blio

This section covers news and updates from the knfb Reading Technology™ family of products, and showcases the Blio e-reader.

knfb Reading Technology™ is a joint venture between Kurzweil Technologies and the National Federation of the Blind, the largest and most influential membership organization of blind people in the United States. The company develops products that innovate access to print for anyone with difficulty seeing or reading, including the blind and learning disabled.

In 2010, knfb Reading Technology™ partnered with global media distributor Baker & Taylor to create the Blio e-reader, which delivers an advanced electronic reading environment for today’s digital content. The Blio video tour provides further details on the product's features.

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HP | Blio e-reader application to be included on HP TouchPad, featured at ‘Think Beyond’ event

February 9, 2011

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The Blio e-reader application is included on the HP TouchPad. Video below shows the February 9, 2011 HP WebOS “Think Beyond” event, and the Blio segment begins at 1:23:40 — “HP TouchPad also offers a full library of news and lifestyle publications, a choice of e-readers including Blio and others.”

Video Source: HP | “Think Beyond” event

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Meet Blio: A video introduction of the Blio e-reader

December 27, 2011

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You can learn more about Blio here (Blio.com) and here (MeetBlio.com).

Jewish Currents | Kurzweil Reading Machine for the blind — 35 year anniversary

January 13, 2011

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Jewish Currents — January 12, 2011 | Lawrence Bush

The first reading machine capable of translating printed material into spoken words was unveiled on this date in 1976 by inventor Ray Kurzweil and the National Federation of the Blind.

Ray Kurzweil, a pioneering scientist in artificial intelligence, appeared on Steve Allen’s I’ve Got a Secret television show as a high school student back in 1965, when he had already invented a computer capable of composing music.

Stevie… read more

K-NFB launches free e-reader software to ‘revolutionize e-book reading experience’

September 28, 2010

K-NFB Reading Technology Inc., creator and developer of the Blio[TM] e-reading software, today announced the launch of Blio, the most advanced, flexible, interactive and engaging e-reading application available to consumers, according to a company statement.

The free application can be downloaded immediately to all Windows-based devices at the newly designed blio.com, with applications for iOS, Android and Silverlight platforms available soon.

“Beginning today, readers… read more

New York Times | Kurzweil vows to right e-reader wrongs

June 18, 2010

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Source: New York Times — June 18, 2010 | Ashlee Vance

There’s Amazon.com’s Kindle, Sony’s Reader, Barnes and Noble’s Nook, Apple’s iPad and a bevy of iPad and Kindle clones. Still, Ray Kurzweil, the famed inventor, thinks people deserve yet another option when it comes to reading books and magazines with… read more

CNET | Ina Fried interviews Ray Kurzweil

January 7, 2010

Ray Kurzweil on CNET on digital reading

CNET | The future of reading: Ray Kurzweil knows a little something about e-readers. The computing pioneer, who among other things helped develop modern text recognition software, has been working to use digital technology to improve reading for the past 30 years. His latest project, Blio, is an effort to improve the emerging electronic book field with software that turns e-books into more than just a digital… read more

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CNET | Ray Kurzweil tries to build a better e-reader

Video of the knfbReader

August 20, 2009

YouTube | A virtual tour of the knfbReader in action

WalletPop | How to save on e-books for Kindle, Nook and other e-readers

January 6, 2011


Source: WalletPop — January 6, 2011 | Aaron Crowe

[…] Skip the e-reader: If you want to read on your Android phone, iPad, laptop or desktop computer, you can download programs such as Blio and buy or read free books that are stored in the cloud. You’ll save money by not buying an e-reader such as the Kindle, but can still buy books on Amazon and read them elsewhere. The Kindle, and most other e-readers, provide… read more

Quark | Creating rich interactive content with the Blio e-reader in QuarkXPress

April 27, 2011

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Quark | Design for the Blio eReader and tap into the exploding eBook market. Create interactive content for the Blio® eReader, then sell it through the Blio Online Bookstore.

Publishing to the Blio eReader with QuarkXPress® is hands-down the easiest way to create richly designed, interactive eBooks and make them available for your — or your client’s — audience through a worldwide online bookstore, regardless of the… read more

Video Source: Quark

Quark | Creating e-book content with QuarkXPress

Bush, Kennedy laud Kurzweil award from American Foundation for the Blind

March 8, 2004

Washington, DC — The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) presented its Migel 2004 Lay/Volunteer Award to Ray Kurzweil, inventor, entrepreneur, author, and futurist, at the annual Josephine L. Taylor Leadership Institute conference.… read more

Smart Gorillas | Barnes & Noble unveils color e-reader tablet

November 17, 2010


Source: Smart Gorillas — October 27, 2010 | Anne Morris

[…] The Nook Color costs $249 and is now available at Barnes & Noble stores and on the company’s Web site, with shipping set to start from 19th November. The move means the bookstore will now up its rivalry with the likes of Amazon’s Kindle and the Blio e-reader in a market that is quickly becoming saturated with devices and free software that target the burgeoning market… read more

Demo of knfbReader Mobile for Google TechTalks

September 8, 2009

Jim Gashel of the National Federation of the Blind performs a demo of the knfb Reader Mobile for Google TechTalks.

PR Newswire | Baker & Taylor to provide e-books for Ultrabook™ devices through Intel® AppUp(SM) center

January 12, 2012

Source: PR Newswire — January 10, 2012

E-book solution for new class of ultra responsive devices to include a robust bookstore with best sellers and rich content, delivered through the Blio e-reading application.

Baker & Taylor, Inc., the world’s largest distributor of digital and physical books today announced an agreement with Intel, the world leader in computing innovation, to provide a comprehensive e-book solution for Ultrabook devices through Intel® AppUp(SM) center.

“We… read more

knfbReader opens the world of text to the blind

June 26, 2006

PRESS RELEASE | The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) unveiled Monday a groundbreaking new device, the knfbReader Mobile. The portable Reader, developed by the National Federation of the Blind and renowned inventor Ray Kurzweil, enables users to take pictures of and read most printed materials at the click of a button. Users merely hold “the camera that talks” over print — a letter, bills, a restaurant menu, an airline ticket, a business card, or an office memo — to hear the contents of the printed document played back in clear synthetic speech.… read more

The Huffington Post | Entrepreneur publishers are hooked on the Vook

November 17, 2010


Source: The Huffington Post — October 26, 2010 | Patricia Benesh

[…] No Limit Publishing was founded by Jeremy in December 2008; Chris joined the management team and his TLEC Ventures took a controlling interest January 2010. Since then, the company has opened offices in NY, AZ, CA, added 25 full-time and contract employees, generated more than $1.6 million in new revenues, and added key partnerships with Vook, Google, Perseus Distribution, Baker & Taylor Blio. NLP is planning… read more

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