295€, pretty nice price, seems like we're gonna see some sort of price drop for e-ink devices.
.wol format only ? That's the really bad part with these OEM devices, they only support their own format instead of using well-known format. In France, Bookeen does a much better job at supporting open formats.
Here's their FAQ:
1. Is WalkBook compatible for connection with a keyboard?
No, it is not. WalkBook does not support a keyboard connection since it has been designed as a reading device.
2. Is it possible to write something in Word format on the device?
The second display allows you to take short notes through its touchscreen. These notes can be saved in the device and can be reread anytime.
3. Is display black and white or colored?
All characters of reading screen are seen in 4 different tones of grey. When colored screen technology is available, it will be applied to WalkBook as well.
4.Is WalkBook eligible for wireless internet connection?
We are planning to introduce Wi-Fi version of WalkBook by 2008 according to our R&D studies.
5. What is the price of WalkBook?
Our price is 295 USD + VAT.
6. WalkBook’u nereden temin edebiliriz?
7. How long and under which conditions does WalkBook’s battery last?
The battery’s charge has a capacity of 7500 to 8000 page turning which decreases when MP3 files are played or functions of touchscreen are activated. There is no on/off buton on the device because it expends energy only for touchscreen activities or page turning. The last display stay printed on the screen until device is used again. Please refer to user’s manual which is published in our website.
8.I would like to see WalkBook, do you have showrooms?
Devices will be displayed in domestic branches of Uğur Learning Centers beginning from the 1st of May 2007. At the beginning, you will find Walkbook stands in Istanbul (Besiktas and Bakirkoy), Ankara, Izmir and Bursa branches.
9. What is the capacity of Walkbook’s memory?
The memory of WalkBook V8 only supports the operating system. All the other information (books, mp3 music files) is kept in the 1GB SD card which is given with the device as an accessory.
10. Do you have any technical service in Turkey?
We have technical service and the device has 24 monts warranty.
11. Is it possible to enlarge the existing font of the text in WalkBook?
Files in TXT format can be enlarged by 1 level by the user through the zoom function. However, we are planning to arrange books that can be read in the device with different font sizes in our website at www.walkbook.net
. This option makes possible to read the same book with different font sizes for users. We believe that we have to provide this convenience to users even though this process is not easy ( because of long arranging time) for us.
12. Which format does WalkBook support?
WalkBook V8 supports .Wol and MP3 format. Word, TXT,
PowerPoint, Excel files are converted to .Wol format easily by a software which is called ‘walkbookMAKER’.
13. Does WalkBook have any problem with Turkish characters during reading? What is the language of menus?
According to Ministry of Trade and Industry’s rules, all devices which are designed for Turkish consumers have to support Turkish characters and have a user’s manual. WalkBook menus have been translated to Turkish by our team. User’s manual is also prepared in Turkish and more details are given to users via format converting software.
14. I have a WalkBook, how am I going to get e-books and download them?
As UBIT, we have an agreement with Yapı Kredi Publishing. We are going to publish a selection of 10 books in .wol format on our website in the beginning. Users of WalkBook are supposed to register to the website by entering the copyright card number and serial number of their devices. Our registered members can shop from our website for new books which will be added according to our agreement with different publishers. All the books in .Wol format are encrypted as 128 bit for each user during downloading. These encrypted files (books in .wol format) only work with the user’s device and they can not be copied and transfered to other devices. The advantages of this system are to prevent piracy and to reduce prices of books which are on sale in the market up to %50 and thus everybody can follow up the new released books easily.