Blio eBooks App details

Blio eBooks

Category: Books & Reference
Publisher: KNFB Reading Technology
Version: 2.5.0
Android version: 2.2 and up
Price: free
Install size: 26MB
Last updated: Jan 18, 2012
5,000-10,000 downloads
Google Play rating: 3.5 out of 5 (19 ratings)
Accessibility rating: 4 out of 5 (2 ratings)
Content rating: Everyone
Contact Email: [email protected]
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View on Google Play (formerly Android Market)


Don’t just read books. Experience them.

Blio doesn’t just put pages on a screen, it offers new possibilities.
In Blio
a textbook becomes a classroom…
a cookbook becomes a kitchen…
and a fairytale, a place where dreams really do come true.
Because Blio is so much more than words.
We are an experience.

Bringing books to life is about more than just recreating the words on the page. That’s why we developed Blio.

Blio is 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 to life, but cookbooks, travel guides, how-to manuals, textbooks, and children’s books to life in vibrant color.

But eBooks should do more: they should leverage everything that the device you’re reading on is capable of. Blio does just that, with many books having read aloud by a text-to-speech voice (purchase required) or by an audiobook track, 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. And Blio has a virtual library that you can view from anywhere, so you can access and read your books on any of your devices.

Try a whole new eBook experience with Blio, where books are more than words.

Top Features:

• Blio features a vast bookstore, including the best Children’s books, popular new releases and New York Times Best Sellers
• Displays books in full color, with fonts, pictures, and layout as the publisher intended.
• 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.
• Multiple reading views, including fixed layout view, single page, dual page, and flowed view.
• Have Blio read to you, highlighting each word as it does.**

** for audiobooks, or rights-enabled books when TTS voice is purchased.

Recent Changes

What’s in this version:

  • Performance and animation updates
  • UI and navigation enhancements for usability
  • Text-to-Speech support
  • Enhanced EPUB with embedded Audio / Video support
  • **Customizations by Android device manufacturers cause certain devices, mainly phones, to render EPUBs incorrectly causing undesirable behavior in text selection, page navigation, and text-to-speech. An error message will appear briefly in the Reading View for devices that fall in this category. Thank you for your understanding.***


Accessibility Reviews

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admin Wednesday, 18-Jan-2012 5:00 PM ET

Version reviewed: 2.5.0
Phone model: HTC G2
Accessibility Rating:
5 – The app is completely accessible using a screen reader
Yes, all controls can be accessed
Yes, all buttons, edit boxes, and other controls are properly labeled
User comments:

The latest version of this app is accessible on Android. You will need to enable the Blio accessibility service under Settings/Accessibility, which the app will prompt you to do on first run. The app is self-voicing using your default Android TTS. Nice to see accessibility come to Blio finally.

ariy Wednesday, 14-Sep-2011 12:17 PM ET

Version reviewed: 1.1.2631
Phone model: Samsung Epic (Galaxy S)
Accessibility Rating:
3 – The app is somewhat accessible, but some features or parts are hard or impossible to use
Most of the controls can be accessed
Some buttons, edit boxes, and controls are labeled
User comments:

If you first purchase a book from the store and it has audio you might manage to find and read it on the device. The store doesn’t speek. The book titles do not speek. Nothing on the main screen when you start the app is labeled, though the menu items that come up when the menu key is pressed are spoken. If you manage to find and open the right bookk there is an audio option in the menu. In the sample children’s book that comes wiht the app the narration seems to be done by a human, so I don’t know about reading a pure e-book. If it is synthesized it is very good, but there is no obvious way to change the rate. This app is most disappointing if only because KNFB made such a production of Blio’s accessibility when it came out. it has fallen far short of expectations. With the relatively small collection of titles and the inadequate categorization of the web site my opinion is that blind users should look elsewhere.