I borrowed someone’s modern (less than six months old!) notebook to give Blio another try because of the
whining resistance I encountered on Twitter about my original post.
I did photos. I didn’t want to deal with the hassle of shuffling JPEG screensnaps.
See photos after the break.
All photos resampled and rescaled down to VGA. Click any for bigger.
The splash screen:
I went straight to Free Books since I didn’t want to set up an account. It looks like these are all from Feedbooks:
Yeah, I picked the SF one, nerd that I am. Notice the CONVERTING dialog:
That took some time!
Blio has a variety of views, some which I’ll just zip through here:
Ginormous, which makes it like a TelePrompTer:
Dual-page text reflow:
A ludicrous eye-candy 3D view:
With stupid paper artifact page-flipping:
I’d like to see Blio do a word processor. I think a platen crank is overdue for a comeback!
Thumbnails, of one of the two bundled manuals (which I didn’t read):
The Blio bookstore:
We are entering the FAIL Zone now!
I searched for Larsson and called up a description. FAIL one: no way to download any sample:
FAIL Two: look at the frikkin price!!!
And that’s not an aberration, either:
US$27.95 for Hornet’s Nest! Are they insane?!
If Blio has any potential, it’s still in the future, for books that take advantage of whatever special sauce it has.
But it has zero future if it really thinks people are going to pay full print MSRP for eBooks.