from: STAR Report
Blio was announced at 2010‘s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas and is the
brainchild of education technology pioneer Ray Kurzweil, creator of Kurzweil Educational
Systems and a range of assistive technology products.
Perhaps the software‘s most impressive feature is that it can support the original layout, font, and
graphics of any book in full color, its creators say. It also can support embedded multimedia such
as video and audio, and readers have the ability to highlight, annotate, and share information.
Blio is backed by Baker & Taylor, one of the world‘s largest publishers, as well as Elsevier,
Hachette, HarperCollins, Random House, Penguin, Simon & Schuster, and Wiley. Blio users
have access to more than 1 million books altogether, its makers say—including a large selection
of current bestselling titles.
Lisa Galloni, partner relationship manager for Blio, said the software has had tremendous
support from publishers because it can preserve any book‘s original layout and
graphics.Its flexibility is appealing as well, Galloni
―Because it‘s not attached to any one device like a Kindle, it‘s not restrictive,‖ she said.
As a user downloads eBooks, these are permanently stored in a personal virtual library, Galloni
said. The entire library seamlessly migrates to up to five devices per user, any of which can be