O Blio, Blio, wherefore art thou Blio?

After the disapointment of the Kindle app not having the text to speech function that the actual device has Blio looked to be a promising ray of light. Blio is from the same company that produce the Kurzweil range and they promised us full colour e-books with diagrams and drawings all incorporated into our reading process. We even had the choice of reading the book or having it read to us along with word highlighting. But then nothing happened.

It’s still worth checking out www.blioreader.com and now there seems to be a glimmer of hope as blioreader on Twitter reports:

Blio will be available for download in August – Tweeted July 19th

You can follow Bio on Twitter at twitter.com/blioreader

There seems to be a real gap in the market here with only Read2Me and Speak it for the iPhone and iPad. Not sure about Android so let me know if you know the situation of text to speech on this platform.

Another thing that I like about Blio is it’s embracing the multi platform approach saying that it will run on

desktops, laptops, netbooks and tablets. For 2010, Blio will run on Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, Symbian, Windows Mobile and iPhone operating systems.

Looking forward to it.


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Bruce Darby - Assistive Technology Advisor at the University of Edinburgh
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3 Responses to O Blio, Blio, wherefore art thou Blio?

  1. Chris says:

    Yeah, I’d seen this too. Could be interesting. Certainly looks pretty nice, and with a decent text to speech engine could be useful. See http://www.engadget.com/2010/01/06/blio-e-reader-software-hands-on/ for some video of it in action…

  2. Ah my first comment! Cheers Chris. I’ll check that vid out – thanks for that.

  3. Ooohh just had a look at that video. Looks really good. What I can really see is all those magazine companies licking their lips at this. Could really change things. I’ve emailed Blio to see if they have an exact launch date and will let you know when they reply.

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