Say hello to Blio 3.0
It’s here! The updated version of Blio has everything you could want from an eReading application – now with even more enhanced features, content and customization. Blio 3.0 rolled out automatically to all Windows devices this week with updates to Android and iOS devices coming soon.
The new Blio features and new and improved bookstore and enhanced eReading technological features including faster downloads and page views, more intuitive navigation and enhanced content interaction like note-taking, highlighting, copying and pasting and printing. The new and improved bookstore offers a fun and friendlier shopping experience including more preview titles and free samples, improved rating and reviewing and the ability to pre-order titles.
New and improved bookstore and enhanced eReading
Now more than ever, Blio takes you beyond the words and pictures of your favorite books with a new look and feel. Vibrant colors, a pleasing new layout and easier navigation – we think you’ll love the latest version of Blio more than ever.
Just open the app on your Windows device or, if you’re new to Blio, download it for the first time here.
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A recent study predicts that ebook sales will generate $3.2 billion in 2012 and by 2016, ebooks will rake in $9.7 billion worldwide. In fact, the week after this year’s holiday break, ebooks outsold print books for the first time in history. The ebook revolution is here, but what is the impact of ebooks on traditional brick and mortar bookstores and libraries adapting to the change?
Books on Common in Ridgefield, Conn., launched an online ebook storefront to reach new and existing customers. Darwin Ellis and his wife Ellen Burns decided to adopt Blio as their ereader technology of choice given it’s cross-platform availability and the fact that the software is free. Mr. Ellis and Ms. Burns hope that the mix of traditional and ebooks will give their customers more reason to keeping shopping Books on Common.
As a case study, library cardholders from the Mark and Emily Turner Memorial Library in Presque Isle, Maine, downloaded 1,049 ebooks in 2011 with statewide registration of new ebook patrons up 60% in December. Due to the demand, the library purchased the Axis 360 program which allows its staff to purchase ebooks in high demand from patrons, which can then be downloaded and viewed on Blio.
Demand for ebooks is soaring in many regions as libraries rush to build an inventory of ebooks. In Maryland alone, ebook checkouts tipped 266,000 in 2011 with the expectation that the number will rise significantly in 2012.
It will be interesting to see how traditional purveyors of literature adapt and flourish with more and more readers seeking books – in traditional and ebook format. What do you think the future of the relationship between ereader technology, brick and mortar bookstores and libraries will be?