View Full Version : Baen ereader reaches the pre-order stage


Redfoot
02-28-2007, 04:11 PM
The Bean/NAEB pre-signup form for ordering the ereader is up. As I understand it is a declaration of interest, not the actual order. You should be able to jump on the bandwagon by leaving your email address at http://www.naebllc.com/page3.html. When it is time to actualy put your money down and order they will contact you from the list.

Redfoot
02-28-2007, 04:20 PM
The price will be around $320 USD

The device specifications and mechanical design will be exactly the same as the Starebook (thinnest and lightest device).

To summarize:

Hardware :

Size: 4.7" x 7.4" x 0.3" (118 x 188 x 8 mm)

Weight: 6,3 ounces (183 g, battery included)

Screen: Black & White 4 level gray-scale Eink, 6", 600x800 pixels (170 dpi), Daylight readable, Portrait and landscape display capabilities

Sound: standard 3.5mm stereo headphone plug

Controls: buttons "ON/OFF", "Up ", "Down", "Right ", "Left", "Enter ", "Cancel", "Menu", "Music".

Battery: Rechargeable built-in Li-Polymer battery (800mAh) (8000 page flips battery life) rechargeable by USB

Processor: Samsung S3C2410 ARM 200MHz

ROM memory: 16 MB + 64 MB Data Flash

RAM memory: 16 MB

Connectivity: USB Client (v2.0)

Expandability: SD Card slot

Power Supply: USB

Color: white(*)

Logo: Bookeen (*)



Software

Operating system: Linux


On release it will support the following :

Supported format: RTF, HTML, PDF and PRC (No DRM).

Bookeen will be supplying updates as they become available :

- Bookeen will provide patches, updates and upgrades for new format support. These software enhancements will be free as long as Bookeen doesn’t need to pay any royalty to a software publisher. (For example : Macromedia provides Flash player for Bookeen eink device with a USD5 royalty fee then the update will not be free. Bookeen has developed its own support for CHM format then the update will be free)

Please note people.
eReader and Mobipocket have also provided their reader free for other devices, if they chose to do so for the eInk reader then it will be free for you should you chose to use it.
If they don't then it won't.

In addition to the updates Bookeen will provide a one year warranty.

Leaping Gnome
02-28-2007, 04:27 PM
Sounds like a good deal as long as you don't mind DRMed books not being available and like the format of the StareBook.

nekokami
02-28-2007, 06:49 PM
Mobipocket has a linux-based reader using Java, but don't hold your breath on eReader:

1/5/07
Greetings from eReader.com.

We may eventually support handhelds that will run on Linux systems
however, at this time there are no plans in place to support it. You
can check back with us from time to time for updates.

If you have any additional questions regarding this matter please
contact us and please include all previous correspondence in order to
better assist you.

Thank you for shopping at eReader.com.


Sincerely,

Susan Oh
Customer Support Specialist
eReader.com

NatCh
03-02-2007, 10:32 PM
The 'Baen' e-reader specs are up at the NEAB (Not Another E-Book) site:

http://www.naebllc.com/

Hadrien
03-02-2007, 10:47 PM
We'll offer a template for this reader on Feedbooks as soon as it's available.

It's nice to see more and more devices based on e-ink, hope we'll have some more news about the iRiver one and the Amazon Kindle too !

NatCh
03-03-2007, 02:18 AM
It should be the same template for the STAReReader that CommanderROR has been reviewing. Actually, it should be the same as the one for the Sony Reader, I'm pretty certain the e-ink panels are the same dimensions. :shrug:

In any case, yes it is good to see more and more choices becoming available. :yes:

Moonraker
03-03-2007, 07:10 PM
I am interested in this device and have just "signed up".

They promise RTF and HTML which is what I want more than anything.

delphidb96
03-03-2007, 07:29 PM
Okay, yes, we *do* have a specifications page up at our website ( http://www.naebllc.com/ ) as well as a pre- pre-order/"are you interested in learning more" page.

Yes, it is being supplied by Bookeen. Yes it will support RTF and HTML for sure. And I believe also PRC (mobipocket) and PDF. I'm pushing for early development of an update for handling the non-DRM ebooks in the PDB (ereader) format and I would like to see an fb2 (FBReader) module.

Why do I say I'm pushing for further development on these as if I would know? Because I'm one of NAEB's officers.

Look, we don't actually *have* any Bookeen evaluation units to look at, so we can't make hard claims, yet. But we should know more in a month - probably with our own reviews and pictures.

What I'm hoping we can accomplish is to have the updates to the software/firmware be installable via SD card or over the USB link from the PC/Mac. We're still a bit vague as to whether we can do that. If it is possible, then one of the features I'd like to see is support for text-to-speech for blind users. Again, all of these upgrades are just what *I* would like to see added in later. Some may not happen.

But one thing we can assure you is that we will never insist upon DRM ebooks.

One thing I'd like to mention is that if we are to buy from Bookeen, we must be able to buy in 200 or more unit purchases, which is why we're asking that you go to our sign-up page and let us know you're interested to learn more. When we know more, we'll send you email notification. This sign-up is *NOT* a commitment to buy, just an indication of interest.

So please sign up.

sea2stars
03-04-2007, 01:11 AM
Yeah. I just signed up too.

I broke my promise to myself not to go and look at an eink device anytime soon. *sigh* I was at Borders and ran across the Sony Reader kiosk and played with the unit for a bit; very interested, although no DRM would be nice.

Time will tell I guess.

NatCh
03-04-2007, 01:46 AM
Thanks for the updated details, delphidb96 -- such as are currently available. :nice:

It's also good to have a bit of insight into some of the directions that are being looked at for the future.

delphidb96
03-04-2007, 02:30 AM
Yep. Nice to have some idea of where we're going. :D

Of course, what would *REALLY* excite me would be to have one of our (planned) units in my hands so I could give it a good run-through - and then tell you all how it went. One more month... :(

micro
03-04-2007, 08:37 AM
I wonder if it would be possible to buy the firmware from Baen and apply that to a STAReBOOK with the eRead software. Considering its the same hardware I'm sure it'll be just a marketing issue not a technical one.

As much as I like the STAReBOOK with its default firmware, the ability to read .txt files would rock,

micro

stxopher
03-04-2007, 08:53 AM
Well, one good thing is that if you've seen the Sony ereader then you already have a good idea of the display of the proposed Baen model. That's a good part of only one real manufacturer. After that the only real differences would be what it reads and how hand friendly it is.

delphidb96
03-04-2007, 11:51 AM
I wonder if it would be possible to buy the firmware from Baen and apply that to a STAReBOOK with the eRead software. Considering its the same hardware I'm sure it'll be just a marketing issue not a technical one.

As much as I like the STAReBOOK with its default firmware, the ability to read .txt files would rock,

micro

Wouldn't know. (smirk) After all, NAEB was formed from a group of Baen's Bar participants and is *NOT* part of Baen, the company.

However, since to the best of my knowledge - and I'm saying this as I've not had a chance yet to take the guts out of the case and start checking serial numbers on the Bookeen reader - the Bookeen device is *supposed* to be made by STAReBOOK, this may well be possible. Of course, you'd have to download an updated/improved version of the NAEB software from the NAEB site, once there is update software available.

If, and I say this as a former programmer, the Bookeen device is exactly the same as that of STAReBOOK's at the hardware and OS level - and at this time I believe it is - updating/changing the applications should work the same way. Not having a STAReBOOK to hand, I can't tell you what that entails, although from what I've read on the STAReBOOK site, this should be just a firmware download through either the USB cable or the SD memory card. That's one of the things I want to check out when I get my evaluation unit from Bookeen.

Which brings up yet another point.

If any of you have experience in embedded programming on the Samsung ARM processor under Linux and would like to help in adapting the Bookeen reader to support FBReader and eReader (the non-DRM'd versions you can make using eReader Studio) ebook formats, then by all means let us at NAEB know. This is not an area where I and the others excel.

Again, feel free to drop on by our website and pre-register if you're interested.

http://www.naebllc.com/

Derek

delphidb96
03-04-2007, 11:57 AM
Well, one good thing is that if you've seen the Sony ereader then you already have a good idea of the display of the proposed Baen model. That's a good part of only one real manufacturer. After that the only real differences would be what it reads and how hand friendly it is.

Haven't looked at the Sony PRS-500 except at the pictures here on MobileRead and the ones on the Sony site. Haven't even done so with the Bookeen reader or STAReBOOK reader. Kinda frustrating really... :worried2: However, what I've seen of STAReBOOK's layout and operation here at mobileread looks okay.

It will be nice to get my hands on the Bookeen version. And I've decided I should probably get a STAReBOOK version. Now what I'd really like to know is where can I get one of the latter in Central California - Sacramento area?

Derek

micro
03-04-2007, 08:44 PM
If, and I say this as a former programmer, the Bookeen device is exactly the same as that of STAReBOOK's at the hardware and OS level - and at this time I believe it is - updating/changing the applications should work the same way. Not having a STAReBOOK to hand, I can't tell you what that entails, although from what I've read on the STAReBOOK site, this should be just a firmware download through either the USB cable or the SD memory card. That's one of the things I want to check out when I get my evaluation unit from Bookeen.

Derek

If if and if :) always the way.

Well, if you need any help from someone with a STAReBOOK give me a yell.

From playing with firmware on the STAReBOOK you donwload a compresed filesystem image to SD card, reboot the deice and it loads an updater app from the card and bingo, new firmware. I havent actually had this work yet as my unit shipped with the latest firmware so updating doesn't work.

It "may" be possbile to open up the comressed filesystem and have a poke around while its not on the device. At least this would give a clearer idea of whats going on inside from a software perspective.

micro

delphidb96
03-04-2007, 09:18 PM
If if and if :) always the way.

Well, if you need any help from someone with a STAReBOOK give me a yell.

From playing with firmware on the STAReBOOK you donwload a compresed filesystem image to SD card, reboot the deice and it loads an updater app from the card and bingo, new firmware. I havent actually had this work yet as my unit shipped with the latest firmware so updating doesn't work.

It "may" be possbile to open up the comressed filesystem and have a poke around while its not on the device. At least this would give a clearer idea of whats going on inside from a software perspective.

micro

Good to know. And I may well take you up on some of this. :)

junkml
03-07-2007, 07:05 PM
Just my $.02, I can't wait to see what they come up with the Baen reader! I love the Sony reader, but I think the one that they are developing is going to be something really specail.

I signed up for the pre-order, and am quite excited to see what they come up with.

delphidb96
03-07-2007, 11:30 PM
Hooray!

We are the Borg. You will be assimilated!

Thank you for expressing your interest. We look forward to releasing the NAEB reader and *using* it ourselves!

Derek