CES is going to be a milestone event for publishers and readers. See the full Wired article for more on Blio.
Ray Kurzweil, who thought up pretty much everything, ever, has entered the e-book fray. Due to debut at CES in Las Vegas next week, Kurzweil’s Blio comes from a completely different angle than the current e-ink readers.
Blio is not a device. Rather, it is a “platform” which could run on any device, but would be most obviously at home on a tablet. The software will be free and available for phones, netbooks and so on.
On its own, Blio looks solid, but it signifies something much bigger: the end of the paper book. Right now, e-books are poor copies of paper books, with a single advantage: convenience. A book is just a container for text, not its natural home. We fully expect the upcoming rash of tablets to provide a better place for reading words than these old wads of paper, usurping print the way Gutenberg usurped hand-copied manuscripts.