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 magazine | 35-year anniversary of the Kurzweil Reading Machine for the blind

January 13, 2011

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Source: Jewish Currents magazine — January 12, 2011 | Lawrence Bush

Ray Kurzweil note: 35 years ago today, Walter Cronkite used the Kurzweil Reading Machine to read his signature sign off: “And that’s the way it was, January 13, 1976.”

The first reading machine capable of translating printed material into spoken words was unveiled on this date in 1976 by inventor Raymond Kurzweil and the National Federation of the Blind. Kurzweil, a pioneering scientist in artificial intelligence, appeared on Steve Allen’s “I’ve Got… 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

Portfolio | Quark bets on e-book market

September 17, 2010

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Source: Portfolio — September 12, 2010 | Greg Avery

Electronic readers such as the iPad and Kindle are remaking publishing, and Denver’s Quark sees an opportunity to exploit the market. To do so, the maker of software for page design and layout has teamed with the book world’s biggest distributor and the maker of a sophisticated, interactive e-reader platform, Blio, that’s set to debut this fall.

Quark hopes that making its print and Web-publishing software work simply with… read more

PR Newswire | Baker & Taylor’s innovative Axis 360 brings enhanced digital services to King County Library System

December 27, 2011

Source: PR Newswire — December 22, 2011

Baker & Taylor, Inc., the world’s largest distributor of physical and digital books and entertainment products, today announced its first Axis 360 installation at the award-winning King County Library System, the busiest library system in the U.S.

“We are proud to announce King County Library System as the first installation of our Axis 360 digital media library. It is an honor to have been selected by KCLS – rated… read more

knfb Reading Technology featured on CNN: The Next Big Thing

July 24, 2009

knfb Reading Technology, Inc. was featured on CNN: “The Next Big Thing.” | click here to watch the news clip.

Publishers Weekly | B&T in pact to offer Dutch, Flemish e-books via Blio

October 7, 2010

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Source: Publishers Weekly — October 6, 2010 | Calvin Reid

[…] Baker & Taylor announced an agreement at the Frankfurt Book Fair with Dutch wholesaler Centraal Boekhuis to distribute Dutch and Flemish digital content on Blio, the newly released digital reading software developed by technologist Ray Kurzweil and his firm, K-NFB Reading Technology. Under the deal, B&T will supply English-language content to Centraal Boekhuis, while CB will supply Dutch and Flemish material to B&T.… read more

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

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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

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