updated 12:15 pm EST, Tue December 29, 2009
Blio offers full-color e-books with text-to-speech
Well-known futurist Ray Kurzweil is about to introduce a new e-book format specifically optimized for devices like the iPhone or tablets. Called Blio, the standard is intended to overcome the limitations of digital text by allowing for complex image and text formatting, such as diagrams, without sacrificing the ability to search the text. It would support full color and allow text-to-speech much like most Kindle books.
The initial lineup of books will include a mix of commercial and free, public domain titles. In most if not all cases, the necessary reader app will also be free and should include Mac- and PC-borne versions along with mobile software for the iPhone. Moreover, Blio is billed as cross-platform and isn't tied to dependence on a particular technology to function.
Details should go public for Blio at CES next week, less than a month before Apple is rumored to hold a special event that could introduce a tablet suited to Kurzweil's format. [via Gizmodo]