By Silver Dolphin
Open iTunes to buy and download apps.
Download Blio, a FREE app for iPhone and iPad that will have you reading eBooks as never before.
Blio is smart. Smart enough to know that books are more than just words: there’s style, presentation, and a world of color. And smart enough to know all of that enhances your reading experience. That’s what you love about books. So books in Blio have the same layout, fonts, and full-color images that you enjoy in the print version of your favorite titles. Finally there’s an eBook reader that brings not only novels but cookbooks, travel guides, how-to manuals, textbooks, and children’s books to life.
But eBooks are intended to be different… that’s why they put that little “e” in front of “book”. eBooks should do more: they should leverage everything that the device you’re reading on is capable of. Blio does just that. Many books can read aloud by a text-to-speech voice (purchase required) or audiobook, with words highlighted as they are spoken. You can look up words you might not be familiar with or get more information on a topic by searching Google, Wikipedia, and more without ever leaving your book.
Reading eBooks should be enjoyable and easy, no matter where you are, and no matter what device you’re reading on. So Blio offers ReadLogic, a feature that knows to automatically zoom and navigate to the next logical place for you to read, whether it’s the next paragraph, a caption, or a sidebar. Then there’s the Blio Bookvault, a virtual library that you can access from anywhere. So you can read a book on any of your devices.
Blio lets you choose which way to view a book, including single page, dual page, flowed view, or speed reading view, all kept in sync as you read the book. You can go to the next page by tapping or swiping, with a three-dimensional effect that will astound you.
Because eBooks should be for everybody, Blio is. Synchronized highlighting of words and a serial presentation view can assist those with reading disabilities. On iOS 5.0 and above, Blio empowers the visually impaired to do anything that fully sighted users can do, including reading in any of the available views.
You can download books you've bought from the Blio Bookstore, where you’ll find the latest titles from over a hundred top publishers. You can add as many free books as you like, in EPUB, PDF, or XPS formats, via iTunes or the web.
Try a whole new eBook experience with Blio, where books are more than words.
Displays books in full color, with fonts, pictures, and layout as the publisher intended.
Support for the visually impaired and those with reading disabilities.
Sync up to five devices so your books can go wherever you go.
Access all of your content, and download it to your device from anywhere you have an internet connection.
Block navigation mode intelligently zooms to the next logical text block to simplify reading, even on small devices.
Multiple reading views, including fixed layout view, single page, dual page, flowed view, or fast reading view*, all kept in sync as you read the book.
Add notes and highlights to a page, with five color options, saved across your reading sessions.
Look up phrases or topics in the included browser, without ever leaving the context of your book
Have Blio read to you, highlighting each word as it does.**
Add free books in PDF, EPUB, or XPS format from iTunes or Safari.
iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 4s, iPhone 4, iPhone 3Gs, any iPad, iPod Touch 3rd generation or higher
iOS 4.3 or higher
iOS 3.2 no longer supported
* iPhone only
** for audiobooks, or rights-enabled books when TTS voice is purchased.
What's New in Version 4.4
Version 4.4 includes VoiceOver accessibility fixes for the download button, view settings screen, and font and font sizes screen. General stability fixes have also been applied.
This app doesn't stay opened for more than 2 seconds before kicking you off. Absolutely pointless. Save yourself the frustration of trying to download a book and reading it. The idea of downloading an ebook from the library is nice, but if it doesn't actually let you read the book then it's useless. Stick with much better apps like kindle, oyster, etc.
Great EReading experience
I applaud KNFBReading Technology for getting this app out to the masses. Apple really made it difficult with all of their requirements for EReaders, but you guys really did a great job. I look forward to app updates to address some of the concerns mentioned in the other reviews.
Great app when it works. Just updated this weekend and now it won't open. Of course I'm in the middle of reading a great book I'm borrowing from the library that has a lengthy wait. Updates should help not break the app - unhappy camper.
- Category: Books
- Updated: Dec 10, 2015
- Version: 4.4
- Size: 34.3 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Baker & Taylor, Inc.
- © 2015 Baker & Taylor Inc.
Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
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