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in the slowly growing ebook reader field, the dutch "bebook" was a nice contender when it debuted. but it was way over my price limit, so i didn't even stop to drool. now that they've revealed their edition 2 at CEBIT, the price for the first one is right. it doesn't integrate with any specific book seller, but i consider that a feature (cf. amazon's "mothership" attitude, and sony's windows-only "solution").

BeBook

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 184mm(l)*120mm(w)*10mm(h)

  • Weight : 220gr (incl. battery)

  • Display: ePaper, 600*800 (6 inch) (E-Ink technology)

  • Internal storage: 512MB flash memory

  • I/O: 3.5mm audiojack, USB 1.1 Port, SD slot (extendable up to 4GB)

  • Power Supply: 3.7V Li-ION battery 950mAh


Features:

  • Easy accessible book library menu

  • Supported file formats: pdf, mobi (DRM), prc, epub, lit, txt, fb2, doc, html, rtf, djvu, wol, ppt, mbp, chm, bmp, jpg, png, gif, tif, rar, zip, mp3.

  • Built-in menu language support: English, French, Spanish, German, Dutch, Chinese, Russian, Greek, Ukraine, Turkish, Japanese, Korean, Bulgarian, Estonian, Polish

  • Change fonttype while reading

  • Increase/decrease font size

  • Add bookmark to a page

  • Zoom page

  • Sort library by title, filename, size

  • Play mp3 files and audiobooks


U$ 279. that's a whopping U$71 less than my previous top choice, bookeen's cybook gen 3.

they have a large, freely downloadable library of public domain books preformatted to display nicely on the bebook.

and apparently wifi support is coming soon, so they're not dropping support for the first bebook with the announcement of the second one. this link has lots of pictures (many more than the manufacturer's website; figure that).

check it out: http://mybebook.com/index.html

on 2009-03-20 10:34 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] cheshyre.livejournal.com
Looks a bit like the Sony menu style.

[I don't have one yet, still waiting for the right one to come around.]
If you're into ebook readers, are you aware of http://www.mobileread.com/ ? Great site for keeping up with the device news, and their wiki provides excellent technical details.

on 2009-03-21 20:57 (UTC)
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Posted by [identity profile] pir-anha.livejournal.com
yeah, i know about mobileread; my post from the day before was kvetchinng about the C&D letter amazon sent to them. great site indeed

on 2009-03-22 07:55 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] selki.livejournal.com
http://www.teleread.org/ also covers e-book devices, software, and legal wrangling. They're very public-domain / commons / library- friendly.

on 2009-03-21 13:49 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] leiacat.livejournal.com
Drat. I wish I didn't just get a Sony!

sony

on 2009-03-21 20:56 (UTC)
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Posted by [identity profile] pir-anha.livejournal.com
well, the sony looks very nice to me. :)

(it's not on top of my list because their store is windows-only, and i don't support companies anymore who ignore the rest of us.)

Re: sony

on 2009-03-22 14:02 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] leiacat.livejournal.com
I got the Sony because unlike the Kindle, the Sony could be hacked to handle Russian encodings. (I'm still ironing out the kinks, though, as Russian books use several encodings, but by preference not the one that Sony can handle). If this thing can handle Russian natively (as it having menus in that language suggests), that'd save me a fair bit of headache.

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