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Ladies and gentlemen, it’s been quiet here for a while, not because we are no more interested in this site, but we’ve all been held hostage by life as we know it. My apologies for Naz and myself for this extended AWOL. It got really busy at work, then I fell sick. And Nazmus has been busy with his final papers at School. So you see, we are just people like you, subject to machinations of nature and life itself.

But we are back, and I want to start with this darling app of mine that I have been wanting to feature for quite sometime now. Believe you me, this App totally escaped my attention with Windows 8 launch as I was to discover. It came to my radar just past month with the release of the version above. But actually the app was released into the store the same date Windows 8 went gold on 24th of November last year, only it was released as “Blio Recommended by Dell”, but something went wrong and it was pulled. You can’t find that version anymore in the Store.

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In its place comes this simple version “Blio Book” released on April 25th, and today coincidentally, K-NFB Reading Tech just released another version for Lenovo users!

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Usage

Well, enough about App release. What can you do with the app? A lot I’ll say. It is one of the Book Reading app with a gorgeous Store and a nice reading experience. For me, Blio was not a newcomer as I have been using their .Net implemented app in the days of yore. The developers’ goal was to create an truly natural reading experience on your digital device. The .Net version of their app then featured the Skeuomorphic page turning like on competing platform, and a smooth-rendered font choice. We see this inheritance back in this MX App, but they did away with the page-turning animation and just slide the pages. Compared to the Kindle App for Windows 8 which also uses slide-to-page method, this is a better implementation.

Following is the Developers description of the App from the Store:

Description

Don’t just read books. Experience them.
Blio is a free eReading application that offers an unparalleled reading experience. Books are more than just words: there’s style, presentation, and a world of color, eBooks should be no different. The presentation enhances your reading experience, it’s part of what you love about books, so books in Blio have the same layout, fonts, and full-color images that you enjoy in the print version of your favorite titles.
Blio also has a built in store featuring everything from Free Classics to today’s Bestsellers.
Finally there’s an eBook reader that brings not only novels to life, but cookbooks, travel guides, how-to manuals, textbooks, and children’s books to life in vibrant color.
In Blio a textbook becomes a classroom… a cookbook becomes a kitchen… and a fairytale, a place where dreams really do come true.
Try a whole new eBook experience with Blio, where books are more than words.

(Expect to see lots of empty spaces between these descriptive sentences. I don’t if that was a bug or a gimmick from the Devs.)

Features

  • Blio features a vast bookstore, including the best Children’s books, popular new releases and New York Times Best Sellers
  • Displays books in full color, with fonts, pictures, and layout as the publisher intended.
  • Sync up to five devices so your books can go wherever you go.
  • Access all of your content, and download it to your device from anywhere you have an internet connection.

The following are the Screenshots also from the Store:

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Too bad the Dev’s didn’t include a screenshot for the reading experience, but you can trust us to inform you at McAkins Online. Like informed above, the app reading experience is likened to that of Kindle App’s slide-to-page, but with a bit of Skeuomophics page devide for a 2-page view. It seems Kindle’s paging is Text based, but this app is graphic based. Further, is the app featured with standard buttons and chevrons on App-bars that you’ll expect in any nice book-reader App as follows:

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I am still torn in declaring the Winner between this App and the “Book Bazar Reader” in terms of features and UX. But this app is definitely Store-centric, while Book Bazar is more open. I guess you’ll have to download both and decide for yourself. Right now I tend toward the later, but I may change my mind later.

You can download this app now in the Store via the link below. And if you’re a Lenovo user, search for the one with Lenovo recommended. Peace out!

Source: Windows Store

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