Sunday, March 28, 2010

A Message From Blio, But Still No Revised Release Date

[Note: updated information can be found here.] This weekend, people who signed up for updates about Blio got the following e-mail. It doesn't say when it's actually going to be released (after missing its initial February 2010 launch date), only that they are "putting finishing touches" on the product and will notify subscribers to updates when the software is available for download.
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Blio. Turn the Page.
Thank you for your interest in Blio.
We sincerely appreciate your desire to begin using what many have said will be the breakthrough eBook platform on the market. We can assure you that you will be among the first to enjoy its rich user experience, and that time is fast approaching. As soon as Blio is finalized for free download we will notify you by email.
We are currently working with our many partners to put the finishing touches on this revolutionary software and a library of more than one million novels, biographies, cookbooks, travel guides, how-to books, textbooks, art books, children’s stories, and magazines.
As you know, Blio will be the first eReader to preserve the image-rich format of books and magazines, including their layout, typesetting, images, color and graphics, while also supporting full media functionality, including video, graphics, and web links.
With our cutting-edge, 3D book technology and the vast collection of online books that we have jointly collected from the world’s leading publishers, we believe we have the key to transform the book industry. And we’re excited that you will soon be part of that transformation.
Stay tuned, and thanks for your patience.
You are receiving this email because you signed up for Blio updates.
For more information, please visit www.blioreader.com
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Well,  we shall stay tuned indeed. Meanwhile, the competition isn't going to sit still. Microsoft Reader has many similarities with Blio, including that it's free. I still have a hunch Blio is going to be better than MS Reader, but you know what they say: a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.

2 comments:

  1. The Blio release date is now many months behind schedule. The reasons are unknown, but one suspects wrangling over DRM and royalty issues.
    It is too bad because the product appears to have great potential.

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  2. Anyone have an update as to a release date?

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