Originally Posted by joeman
Thanks for pointing out that one. I think it could be a nice alternative to the kindle dx(g) too. Large, supports pdf too and so on. I just don't want to risk buying an "experiment" or "work in progress" and spend alot of time on workarounds and support.
Also after reading this i'm not more tempted to consider it:
The reader is being produced for the Ukrainian Pocketbook company (producer of the mediocre Pocketbook 301 and excellent Pocketbook 360) by Chinese manufacturer Netronix. Netronix is making a very similar large eReader for Astak, the 9.7-inch Mentor. We have no word on pricing, but the device is rumored to be ready in early 2010.
Not saying that because of the origins or designing companies it cannot be relied on but rather prefer to deal with something more established like amazon. Despite that i don't like that big brother action of amazon a while back.
I'd like to update that information. The pricing is already unveiled, around €300 for 901, and it will come out in September as stated before, since they're releasing it in a German electronic fair (IFA) which takes place in the beginning of that month.
Pocketbook is, according to recent data, the most important of the "small names" (Astak, Bebook, and so on). They have circa 5% of the market (not a small feat if you consider the salad of names), and they released a decent model as well some months ago, called Pocketbook 302. If you want proof of their strong support, they carried out a program for early adopters of 302 which implied 3 years of warranty instead of the normal 2, and which included substituting their glossy touchscreens for matte ones.
Trust me, the real strength of Pocketbook lies in their post-sale service. Both the company and the users (with their hacks, tweaks, and additional content) provide real value to the device once you have it in your hands. I may sound as a fanboy, and I guess these guys have made me one of them. I've been able to find dictionaries for my language, two hacks which expand the functionality of the device... and I myself have provided the Spanish translations for both firmware and reading software. The constellation of user-provided content is really attractive, IMO, and it is bound to be growing as more devices are released.
Nevertheless, it's true that KDX Graphite is a really attractive option, as it has an enviable support from Amazon too. The screen looks gorgeous to read in, and the store is very convenient to use.