Blio

Nicely designed ebook reader with built-in online bookstore

Blio is an excellent ebook reader and manager that also includes a built-in online bookstore and hundreds of free ebooks available for download. View full description

PROS

  • Eye-catching design
  • Hundred of free ebooks available for download
  • Supports notes, text highlighting and look-up
  • Buy new books directly from the program

CONS

  • Heavy on system resources
  • Purchases only available in the US, Canada and Mexico
  • Only currently available for Windows

Excellent
9

Blio is an excellent ebook reader and manager that also includes a built-in online bookstore and hundreds of free ebooks available for download.

The first thing you need to do once you install Blio on the computer is create an account, which only requires an email address and a password. You’re then ready to start downloading free ebooks – or purchasing them from the Blio bookstore – and reading on the computer.

The free ebooks offered in Blio are mostly classics, but that doesn’t mean they’re not worth reading. You can find great works from authors such as Conan Doyle, Tolstoy, Dumas, Wilde and Dickens, among others. If you’re looking for more recent titles, you should head to the bookstore, where you can buy current blockbusters and pay with a credit card. Purchases, however, seem to be limited to the US, Canada and Mexico.

The reader app in Blio works perfectly. It displays ebooks with nice page transition animations, and lets you add notes, highlight text and look up selected words and sentences on Google, Wikipedia and Thesaurus, to name a few. Blio also features a read-aloud feature for the visually impaired.

In short, Blio is a great ebook utility, with which you can rediscover classics of literature, find out about new releases and enjoy reading on your computer. Too bad the computer is the only device you’ll be able to read books on, as Blio still has to work on creating compatible clients for iPad, iPhone and Android.

Blio is a really nice ebook reader and manager with access to an online bookstore and hundreds of free ebooks to download.

Blio supports the following formats

XPS, ePub
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Blio 2.0.5452

— User reviews — about Blio

  • colinrc

    by colinrc

    "Does what it says on the tin - and very prettily."

    Best reader so far. Easy navigation, notes, annotations and reads both epubs and pdf like a dream. You can "sid... More.

    reviewed on May 26, 2014

  • metarob

    by metarob

    "Program unstable."

    I ran the program earlier; it's impossible to import ebooks. Now I cannot restart the program; it looks like it would b... More.

    reviewed on September 23, 2013