NEW YORK, May 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Baker & Taylor, Inc., the world's largest distributor of digital and physical books and entertainment products, announced ahead of the opening of BookExpo America 2011 that this year Blio, the revolutionary ereading software with online retail storefronts, is forecasted to be preloaded on more than 25 million devices distributed in the U.S. And the company invites BEA attendees to experience Blio – developed by K-NFB Reading Technology – and its rich, interactive content live, on multiple devices and platforms at the Blio Demo Zone at its booth, #2724.
"The level of excitement about Blio from device manufacturers and mobile carriers has been simply tremendous," said Bob Nelson, President of Baker & Taylor's Digital Group. "We are thrilled to enable these partners to provide to their consumers a superior ereading experience and the ease of purchasing ebooks in online retail storefronts – all via Blio."
Book lovers at BEA, the book industry's largest trade show in North America, will be able to experience and interact with Blio's rich content on a number of devices – tablets, smartphones, laptops and desktops – and across multiple platforms. Baker & Taylor's Blio Demo Zone will be located at the company's booth, #2724, and will be open during all of BEA – starting at 9 a.m. (EDT) Tuesday, May 24 and ending at 3 p.m. (EDT) Thursday, May 26.
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About Baker & Taylor
Baker & Taylor Inc. (www.baker-taylor.com) is the world's largest distributor of books, digital content and entertainment products. The company leverages its unsurpassed worldwide distribution network to deliver rich content in multiple formats, anytime and anywhere. Baker & Taylor offers cutting-edge digital media services and innovative technology platforms to thousands of publishers, libraries and retailers worldwide. Baker & Taylor also offers industry-leading customized library services and retail merchandising solutions. Baker & Taylor is proud to power Blio (blioreader.com), the world's most flexible, engaging and revolutionary e-reading application. Charlotte, N.C.-based Baker & Taylor is majority owned by Castle Harlan Partners IV, L.P., an institutional private equity fund managed by Castle Harlan, Inc., a leading private equity investment firm.
About K-NFB Reading Technology Inc.
A joint venture between Kurzweil Technologies and the National Federation of the Blind, the principals of K-NFB Reading Technology Inc. (www.knfbreader.com) have propelled reading technology forward for the last 35 years through the invention of omnifont OCR, the flatbed scanner, text-to-speech synthesis, and the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind. K-NFB once again is redefining the boundaries of the printed word with Blio, which promises to set the standard for digital reading. This free application works across platforms and presents books as they were intended -- in full color and as laid out by the publisher. K-NFB is headed by CEO Ray Kurzweil, a 30-year innovator and pioneer in assistive technologies. The National Federation of the Blind is the largest, most influential membership organization of blind people in the United States.
Baker & Taylor and the Baker & Taylor logo are trademarks of Baker & Taylor Inc. Blio is a trademark of K-NFB Reading Technology, Inc. Other company and product names mentioned for identification purposes may be trademarks of their respective owners.
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