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Blio is a free-to-download e-reader software platform created by Ray Kurzweil that was unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in early January 2010. The Blio e-reader preserves typography and supports color illustrations, features that make it particularly effective for certain categories of books not well supported by E Ink, such as cookbooks and children's books.[1] Blio also comes with text-to-speech integration, with support for both a computerized voice and synchronization with professionally recorded audiobooks.[2]

Blio is available for download on Microsoft Windows, Google Android devices with a version optimized for Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet computers, and Apple iOS devices.

Blio also has a bookstore, backed by Baker & Taylor. It offers thousands of full color books from hundreds of publishers, with reviews and ratings from Goodreads.[3] Library borrowers may download Baker & Taylor ebooks and audiobooks borrowed from public libraries' Axis 360 platform via the Blio app.[4]

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  1. ^ Barrett, Brian (December 28, 2009). "First Look at Blio, Ray Kurzweil’s Tablet-Friendly Ebook Format". Gizmodo. Retrieved 2011-06-10. 
  2. ^ Sydell, Laura (January 6, 2010). "Blio: Perhaps The Future Of Books?". National Public Radio. Retrieved 2011-06-10. 
  3. ^ "Homepage". Blio. Retrieved 2012-05-05. 
  4. ^ "Axis 360 Digital Media Library by Baker & Taylor". Retrieved August 2013. 

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