Ray Kurzeil’s Blio eReading Software May Launch Next Month


Ray Kurzweil’s much talked about eBook software platform Blio may be launching this month.

On August 30th, the @blioreader Twitter page tweeted, “there are plans for webOS, but it won’t be ready for next month’s launch,” suggesting that the service may be ready to launch as early as September.

Inventor Ray Kurzweil — known for his development in scanning technology, text-to-speech systems for the blind, keyboards and his ideas on how to live forever– designed Blio to help with the visual experience of eReading. But we have yet to see what that means in action. According to the website, “Blio can preserve your book’s printed format, including layout, fonts, and images true to the book’s original form, and in color. Now, fully enjoy the subtlety of design originally intended by the publisher.” In June, Kurzweil told The New York Times that it may be available through Wal-Mart.

Earlier this summer, Toshiba announced plans for its own digital bookstore powered by Blio. According to Toshiba site back in June, the Toshiba Book Place was supposed to open “in the next couple of weeks.” Today the site says “Coming Soon.” Perhaps the delay in Blio has led to a delay from Toshiba.

Via @mikecane.

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