The Toshiba eBook Store will be called the “Toshiba Book Place” powered by the Bilo E-Reading software. The Book Place will offer a full-color, 3-D, interactive reading experience – powered by Blio, the world’s most engaging and innovative e-reading software. Toshiba Book Place brings books to life with a variety of unique features, including audio in multiple languages, hyperlinks, note-taking and exporting, text-to-speech capabilities and much more. The one good factor to the Book Place is that it uniquely brings to life children’s books. The huge factor is that these books have more then one character voices taking the roll of various characters within the book. It also will offer such E-Books, such as cookbooks and travel books (download recipes or follow a video to a distant land)
A user will make purchases and add to your virtual book shelf, much like the Apple iPad’s iBookstore app. Right now the Bilo only works on the PC platform, and will be integrated into the Toshiba Libretto W100 and all Toshiba Laptops and PC’s.
One has to wonder if Toshiba will stop at just offering a PC and Laptop experience for their new ebook store. In order for this venture to really succeed in the ebook competitive climate is if they offer Android, Smart Phones and an application for the iPad and iPhone.
You can stop by and check out the store right now, they just have a few teaser pages available, but this address will be the book store link when it is available.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.