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

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

PR Newswire | knfb to demo new, full-color, audio-enhanced e-book content on Blio at CES

Source: PR Newswire — January 5, 2011

Media demonstrations, interviews with Ray Kurzweil available Thursday, January 6, at 3:30 p.m., in the Microsoft booth at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

K-NFB Reading Technology, creator and developer of Blio, will bring to life new, enhanced e-book content, including well-known children’s titles, on Thursday, Jan. 6 at the Consumer Electronics Show. K-NFB founder Ray Kurzweil will be demonstrating full-color, studio-quality audio titles on the Blio e-reading software at… read more

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


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

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


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

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

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

h+ magazine | Is Blio the 800-pound gorilla of the e-book reader market?

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Source: h+ magazine — September 30, 2010 | Surf-D

[...] What the Blio software does offer, however, is an extremely compelling and easy-to-use book-like interface for the inexpensive and increasingly ubiquitous netbooks used by students.  And for those with a few more dollars to spend on an iPad, a Windows 7 Nav 9 tablet, or a ThinkPad Edge 11, it may just make your digital reading experience, if engadget is to be believed, pretty darn enjoyable for a… read more

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

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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

MediaPost | New e-rival: Kurzweil bows Blio e-reader


Source: MediaPost — September 28, 2010 | Erik Sass

This week brought the official launch of Blio, a free multiplatform, multimedia e-reader app from KNF-B Reading Technology, a company founded by futurist Ray Kurzweil, the inventor of voice-recognition, in cooperation with the Federation of the Blind.

Originating as an app to help people with impaired vision read digital content more easily, the partners are marketing Blio to mainstream consumers. Blio aims to preserve the visual… read more

Library Journal | Summit on e-books draws over 2100 attendees: opening keynote by futurist Ray Kurzweil

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Library Journal — October 1, 2010

[...] The summit’s opening keynote speaker was inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil (pictured), author of The Singularity Is Near, who gave attendees a view from 30,000 feet of the impact of the technological revolution. Asserting that technological change is exponential, he said that “we won’t experience 100 years of progress in the 21st century,” but “more like 20,000 years of progress.” Ultimately, he said, we will make… read more

Engadget | Blio for Windows review, now available for download


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

Toshiba | Toshiba opens e-book store for laptops


Source: Toshiba — September 28, 2010

Toshiba | Toshiba’s Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today introduced Toshiba Book Place, an e-book reader and store that adds easy-to-access, interactive e-books to the suite of digital entertainment products that consumers can enjoy on laptops. In partnership with K-NFB Reading Technology, Inc., a joint venture between Kurzweil Technologies Inc. and the National Federation for the Blind, Toshiba… read more

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


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

Pureinfotech | Blio eReader in-depth review


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

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

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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

Portfolio | Quark bets on e-book market

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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

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