John Wiley has become the first major publisher to sign on to use Blio, the e-reader software application created by knfbReading Technology and powered by Baker & Taylor. There is no timetable for when the first Wiley titles using the Blio software will be available. “We have provided Blio with sample files which represent varied content from all of Wiley divisions,” said Wiley spokesperson Susan Spilka. “We look forward to reviewing the assorted samples and working with Baker & Taylor to develop a course of action.” Wiley is looking at using Blio for its trade and STMS titles and may include their higher education material at a later date.
Developed by Ray Kurzweil, Blio features print-to-speech and full-color 3-D technologies on an open reading platform. Books using Blio can be read on a number of devices, including personal computers, laptops, iPhones and tablets. Books considered the most suitable for Blio titles that feature color illustrations and other art work such as cookbook, travel guides and children’s books. Wiley said price for the titles “will be in line with other ‘like’ e-book retailers.