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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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

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

knfbReader featured on Good Morning America

August 8, 2006

The Kurzweil-National Federation of the Blind Reader, which helps the blind “read” printed documents, is “one of the most exciting, most revolutionary things for blind people ever developed,” John Pare of the National Federation of the Blind said in a demonstration on ABC Good Morning America Tuesday.

Also see:   A New Device to Help the Blind ‘Read’ | ABC NEWS

LibreDigital | LibreDigital ranked one of the fastest growing companies in North America on Deloitte’s 2010 “Technology Fast 500″

November 17, 2010


Source: LibreDigital — October 20, 2010

[…] By marketing and delivering millions of e-books, newspapers and magazines across leading digital devices and platforms, LibreDigital is powering the growth of digital reading. The company delivers 11 of the top 20 titles in Apple’s iBookstore, provides consumer fulfillment for the Blio reader, and has a 10 year relationship producing and delivering the New York Times Electronic Edition to thousands of readers. The company’s solutions power… read more

Blio video tour by Baker & Taylor

June 17, 2010

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

January 7, 2010

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Source: CNET — January 7, 2010 | Ina Fried

[...] Kurzweil said he doesn’t see a big market for dedicated e-readers with limited capabilities. All of these enhanced books require work from the publishers, though Blio can handle the task of syncing an audiobook by scanning the text and audio. In that case, it’s more a matter of acquiring the rights to both text and audio, though Kurzweil notes that it opens up an opportunity for publishers… read more

BusinessWire | knfb launches free e-reader software that revolutionizes digital reading experience

September 28, 2010


Source: BusinessWire — September 28, 2010

K-NFB Reading Technology, creator and developer of the Blio e-reading software, today announced the launch of Blio, the most advanced, flexible, interactive and engaging e-reading application available to consumers.

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 of all ages will be able to enjoy a digital… read more

The Tech Museum of Innovation | The Tech Museum names knfb Reading Technology one of 25 laureates

September 20, 2006

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Source: The Tech Museum of Innovation — September 20,2006

knfb Reading Technology, Inc. has been named one of 25 Tech Laureates for 2006 by The Tech Museum of Innovation of San Jose, California.

“These innovators are using technology to benefit humanity in over 105 countries around the world,” according to a Tech Museum statement.… read more

Information Today | HTML5-powered e-readers for the browser

November 17, 2010


Source: Information Today — November 1, 2010 | Paula Hane

[…] Lyman stresses the social marketing experience that is designed to expose folks to books via recommendations. For example, you’ll see someone tweet about a book on Twitter or post on Facebook, and with SkyShelf, you’ll be just clicks away from previewing, buying, and reading the book. No need to grab a special device or reader application.

Lyman sees SkyShelf and browser-based reading as a complementary… read more

Toshiba | New Toshiba Book Place powered by Blio

June 18, 2010

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Source: Toshiba — June 18, 2010 | Toshiba Book Place


Toshiba | The new Toshiba Book Place lets you browse and purchase favorite titles from our virtual bookshelves — filled with today’s bestsellers,  a wide range of cookbooks, travel guides, children’s books, textbooks and more.  Toshiba Book Place will offer a full-color, 3D, interactive reading experience — powered by Blio, the world’s most engaging and innovative e-reading software.

Book Place brings books to life with a variety of unique features, including… read more

PR Newswire | Blio now available in Apple’s App Store, offering seamless experience to readers

July 14, 2011

Source: PR Newswire — July 14, 2011

Baker & Taylor and K-NFB Reading Technology make Blio’s full-color and interactive digital media content available for use on Apple’s iPad, iPhone and iPod

K-NFB Reading Technology today announced that Blio, a leading interactive, engaging, and flexible ereading software application, will be available for download from Apple’s App Store onto the iPad, iPhone, and iPod beginning July 12.

Readers who already have a Blio account can now read… read more

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