We’ve heard it before with the advent of the Kindle but this time it could be true – the end of the paper book could very well be upon us.
November 2007, we were told that the Kindle would revolutionize reading and end production of the paper book. In reality however, this generation of e-readers are not as popular as anticipated due mostly to the aesthetics of the reading experience. These devices use E Ink, a black and white display which is fine for text but incompatible with images, and other display options.
Enter Blio, a new e-reading software entirely unlike the others. Created by Ray Kurzweil prolific inventor and author of The Singularity is Near, Blio isn’t a device it is a ‘platform’ designed to run on any device from your home PC to your moblie – eliminating the need for additional devices. Blio sports some impressive features including with full colour graphical display, 2 page view, 3D page turning and web interface, making it a compatible interface for any kind of book from instructional text to childrens illustrated stories vs. it’s text onlycompetitors. The application is free to download and the books can be downloaded directly from either the Blio website or the application itself.
Not surprisingly this advancement in technology has come about as a result of a collaborative venture. Ray Kurzweil and his enterprise Kurzweil Technologies has a joint venture with the National Federation of the Blind called knfb Reading Technology to create reading products for people with disabilities. knfb Reading is the company that has created Blio and most certainly done so with every possible user in mind.
To learn more about Blio visit http://blioreader.com/