Read Free Books From Google On Your PC or Mobile With Blio eBook Reader

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bliothumb   Read Free Books From Google On Your PC or Mobile With Blio eBook ReaderSitting back in an armchair with a book in your hand feels wonderful. It offers a sense of calm and concentration that few other activities can mimic. But let’s face it ““ books are heavy, big items, and also often expensive. A large shelf of books can represent hundreds if not thousands of dollars ““ and heaven help you if you ever want to move.

These disadvantages are the reason why eBooks have enjoyed a relatively quick rise to popularity. One of the most recent eBook readers to come about is the Blio eReader, an underdog rising to challenge the Kindle Store, iBooks and others. Does Blio have anything interesting to offer?

Kind Of Like iBooks – For Your PC?

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If you’ve used iBooks before, or even glanced at it, you’ll probably find some interface elements of Blio familiar. Opening the program dumps you into the My Library section, which arranges all of the books you own on shelves with their covers out.

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If you’d like, however, you can arrange the books as a simple list. Books can be arranged alphabetically by title, by author or by the date they were last read. A search function is also included, and this is by far the easiest way to find a book in a large library.

Free Books! ““ Oh & A Few Books for Sale

Blio includes a store from which Blio will gladly sell you a wide variety of titles for prices that are often not particularly attractive compared to what you’ll pay for the real, physical book. The Blio store is also noticeably thin on titles.

That’s fine however, because the paid store isn’t the cool part of Blio. What is cool is the Free Books section, which is tied to Google Books. Using Blio you can search through the huge number of publicly available works listed on Google. This includes many classic titles in various genres of literature, science and philosophy.

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Do you need to read Shakespeare for a class? You can download any number of his plays from Google Books via Blio. You could do this independently by doing a Google Books search, but you’d be giving up this eBook reader’s slick interface.

The Reading Experience

As nice as the ability to download free eBooks from Google is, it’d be pointless if the reading experience of Blio was no good. Fortunately, Blio has executed this critical element well.

Double-clicking on a book in your library will open it, revealing the front cover or, in the case of most free eBooks, a title page. If you’d like to turn the page the old fashioned way you can click on, and then drag the bottom right hand corner of the eBook. This results in a very slick page-turning animation. You also have the option of clicking the arrow buttons, which will send you to the next page as well.

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The books rendered by Blio are large and clear, and the experience seems to move along at lightspeed compared to a PDF file. The default Blio view shows you two pages at a time, side-by-side. There are other options that display single pages, thumbnails, etc.

The eBook reader also includes an expandable note section on the left side of the interface that lets you add comments about the book. You can even highlight specific parts of the text and make notes referring to them directly. This is handy if you’re reading a book for research or critical analysis.

Conclusion

There isn’t much to dislike about the Blio eBook reader. Is this a replacement for the Kindle Store? Uh, no. There aren’t enough books and there isn’t much reason to buy books through Blio, since there is no specific reader device associated with this store.

The ability to download free books from Google is the main reason to download and use this software. It’s a super cool feature that, when combined with Blio’s smooth operation, is hard to resist. Why buy older books when you can download them for free and read them on your laptop using Blio?

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Syamaladevips

http://www.grepbooks.com is a huge collection of free online books collected from various sources which you cannot get by searching Google. All are legally free and downloadable

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Pjmueller

I enjoyed the article and downloaded Blio to try on my PC.
at first all seemed well but when I attempted to download a free book I received an error message telling me the zip file was invalid. Now all the “free” books are no longer available from Google books. I guess that Google no longer permits the download of titles via this application. Nice hearing from a fellow Oregonian.

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Pjmueller

I enjoyed the article and downloaded Blio to try on my PC.
at first all seemed well but when I attempted to download a free book I received an error message telling me the zip file was invalid. Now all the “free” books are no longer available from Google books. I guess that Google no longer permits the download of titles via this application. Nice hearing from a fellow Oregonian.

M.S. Smith

I’m not having any problems on this end. I tried to find out what might be causing this problem for you, but I didn’t come up with anything useful.

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pj

I also am having problems with Blio. I have opened a firewall for the program and still nothing. Do I need to register or something to use the free books section?
The only “books” I seem to be able to download are items like research papers or listings for the library of congress.

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pj

I also am having problems with Blio. I have opened a firewall for the program and still nothing. Do I need to register or something to use the free books section? The only “books” I seem to be able to download are items like research papers or listings for the library of congress.

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Large Pot

I’ll back again for sure, thanks for great article :D

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