Blio

My new laptop is made by HP and came from the store with plenty of apps and add-ons cluttering its hard drive. One of those apps was Blio—a free e-reader, which I cleared along with most of the other apps I don’t use. Naturally, I played with Blio and the rest before I deleted them.

As an avid reader, I thought I would like Blio. I have plenty of e-books I transferred from my old PC, so I put them into my Blio library. Plus, Blio promised new books would be added to their library soon, including new releases, best sellers, hot new fiction, and e-books for under $5. I was elated until I tried to open one of my uploaded books with Blio.

After searching online, I learned that Blio uses Microsoft’s XPS document format for its e-books. I have several e-books in XPS format, so I told Blio to open one. It didn’t work. In fact, it refused to open any e-book in my library.

What good is an e-reader if it won’t read e-books?

Blio did, however, open the books I downloaded from the Blio store. However, some books were formatted improperly and had blank pages and missing text. Wow! Unprofessional.

So, after deleting Blio from my computer, HP sent me an email today about Blio, telling me how wonderful an app it is.

It isn’t. Which is why I am checking out Calibre, an app that appears better equipped at managing e-book libraries.

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Steven Leo Campbell

I am an artist and indie-author. I draw and paint wildlife, draw cartoons, and write mostly paranormal fiction featuring Vree Erickson and a strange Pennsylvania town called Ridgewood.

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