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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Other Things | A Blio update

December 9, 2011

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Source: Other Things — October 18, 2011

A new update of K-NFB’s Blio for iOS [app store link], which uses our libEucalyptus, was released today. If you’re not aware of Blio, I wrote a bit about it when the iOS app first came out a few months ago. There are lots of great little additions in the update — both utilizing updates by us in libEucalyptus, and otherwise in the app itself. I’m really enjoying reading with… read more

Acceptance Remarks For American Foundation for the Blind Migel Award

March 7, 2004

The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) presented its Migel 2004 Lay/Volunteer Award on March 6, 2004 to Ray Kurzweil for his extensive work in the field of blindness, optical character recognition, and the Reading Machine for the blind.… read more

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

Baker & Taylor to offer rich digital media content from Wiley on Blio

February 8, 2010

Press Release | Highly formatted books translate well on interactive e-reader application powered by world’s largest distributor of physical and digital books.

Charlotte, NC – Feb. 8, 2010 – Baker & Taylor, Inc., the world’s largest distributor of physical and digital media, is proud to partner with global publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (NYSE:JWa and JWb) to provide rich, highly-formatted content on Blio. Blio is the revolutionary e-reader software… read more

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

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

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

No Shelf Required | Blio and Axis 360 from Baker & Taylor — an audio interview with Michael Bills

December 9, 2011

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Source: No Shelf Required — September 19, 2011 | Sue Polanka

Last week I interviewed Michael Bills, Director for Sales, Digital Products, from Baker & Taylor about their e-reader 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

Michael’s interview, along with 40+ others are available on the NSR interviews page. [...]


Pureinfotech | Blio eReader in-depth review

September 28, 2010


Source: Pureinfotech — September 28, 2010

Overall the software seems to be pretty stable, responsive, easy to navigate, really nice and clean user interface, and feature rich. The installation was not hard to follow and it took less than 5 minutes to get everything setup. The only downside I have found is that it does not have support for PDF file format, and if you are like me, you have many of e-books… read more

Blio eReader iPhone demo

August 24, 2010

Video Source: The Digital Reader | Nathaniel Hoffelder

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Ziff Davis AppScout | Blio feature-rich e-book app available for Windows

September 28, 2010

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Source: Ziff Davis AppScout — September 28, 2010

Quite a few months have passed since Ray Kurzweil — K-NFB Reading Technology founder, and voice-recognition inventor — demoed his Blio e-book software at the Consumer Electronics Show back in January.

But, as of today, September 28, the Blio app is available for Windows. The free e-book reader app features over a million paid and free titles from a plethora of publishers, including Random House, Hachette Book… read more

Engadget | Blio for Windows review, now available for download

September 30, 2010


Source: Engadget — September 29, 2010 | Joanna Stern

Last week we brought you news that KNF-B was prepping for a September 28 launch of its Blio e-reader software, and according to our date books, the time has come! The free PC software (Windows XP, Vista and 7 are all supported) can be downloaded now at the source link below; the iPhone app should be hitting the App Store very soon, however. We’ve been using the… read more

ZDNet | Blio interactive e-reading application finally available to download

October 2, 2010

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Source: ZDNet — September 28, 2010 | Rachel King

It has been months since the Blio e-reading application was first announced, but the wait to download the interactive program is finally over.

Just as previously announced, the Blio eReader app was launched today for Windows-based devices. The app brings with it access to a library filled with over a million paid and free titles. The program supports English, French and Spanish currently, but there is a plan to… 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

Publishers Weekly | Blio partners with Dell

January 7, 2011

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Source: Publishers Weekly — January 6, 2011 | Craig Morgan Teicher

Blio, the much-hyped e-reading platform spearheaded by inventor Ray Kurzweil, just took a big step toward increased prominence in the e-reading space by signing an agreement with hardware manufacturer Dell. Today, the two companies announced that Blio software will be incorporated into a host of Dell devices, including the Inspiron Duo, Dell’s new tablet.

The agreement makes Blio a part of Dell’s Stage user interface, the company’s new way… read more

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