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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National Federation of the Blind | NFB applauds release of KNFB Reader iPhone app

September 22, 2014

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The National Federation of the Blind, the nation’s leading advocate for access to print by the blind, has applauded the release of KNFB Reader, a new app for the iPhone and other Apple iOS devices, which uses the phone’s camera and state of the art optical character recognition (OCR) technology to give the blind instant access to the contents of print materials.

Members of the National Federation of… 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

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).

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

eBookNewser | Gardner Books to distribute e-books via Blio

December 10, 2011

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Source: eBookNewser — October 12, 2011 | Nate Hoffelder

Baker & Taylor announced today that it had signed a new deal with one of the largest book wholesalers in the UK.

Gardner Books, working on behalf of nearly a thousand British eBook publishers, has agreed to supply its current catalog to Baker & Taylor so it can be distributed by the 8th most popular eBook platform, Blio. “Blio is an exciting development… read more

Business Wire | Grandparents.com™ launches online bookstore powered by Blio

December 9, 2011

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Source: Business Wire — November 30, 2011

Free e-reading application plus discounts on 1 million+ books, DVDs, CDs

The Grandparents.com Bookstore is open for business, with discounts and promotions for its customers that are competitive with online book merchants Amazon™ and Barnes and Noble™.

The Bookstore, operated in association with Baker & Taylor, Inc., the world’s largest distributor of print and digital books, carries over 1 million books, DVDs and CDs, and… read more

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

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. [...]


Other Things | Introducing Blio, with Eucalyptus inside

July 14, 2011

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Source: Other Things — July 14, 2011

Recently I (Jamie) — through Things Made Out Of Other Things — have been working very closely with the folks at K-NFB Reading Technology on bringing their e-book reading platform, Blio, to iOS.

I’m delighted to be able to say that the Blio app is now available, for free, in the App Store. It runs on iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad (iOS 3.2 or above), and I think it’s great.… 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

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

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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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

Publishers Weekly | Blio partners with Dell

January 7, 2011

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

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

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