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Old 01-09-2011, 03:26 PM   #16
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Here's Nate's review of the jetBook K-12:

http://www.the-digital-reader.com/20...12/#more-14797
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Ectaco posted jetBook K-12 PR here
http://www.coolcomputing.com/article.php?sid=4418

Ectaco has introduced the Ectaco jetBook K-12 desgined for schools across the country from Kindergarten to 12th grade. The product features a 5" reflective TFT screen with the fastest response time among all eBook readers, ergonomic design, resilient case, and extended battery life. There is a custom cradle for charging and the Ectaco/C-Pen for scanning printed text into eBook reader.

The key features of the jetBook K12, aside of being an eBook reader with built-in books from 50 State Reading Lists and a variety of editing, storing, memorization and text processing features are extended to Speaking Oxford English Dictionaries, Speaking Oxford English-Spanish (or one of the soon available 38 languages) Dictionaries, the most comprehensive electronic SAT and ACT preparation course with endless lessons, Speed Reading courses to aid students in learning to read faster, English-Spanish (or one of 12 available language pairs) Text Translation System that can translate any text in full, English, Spanish and other language grammar courses, Interactive Phonetic Language Teacher program to teach virtually any language step by step, Linguistic crosswords, Graphing, Scientific and Accounting Calculators, Math, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Earth Science reference books, interactive course of US History and Facts, interactive Periodic Table of Elements, Text and Voice Note storage, Audiobooks Player and much more. The jetBook K-12 is equipped with speech recognition and a voice feedback system to help disabled students navigate freely through each section.

"This is a breakthrough technology for all educational institutions to utilize" asserts David Lubinitsky, CEO of Ectaco Inc., "It took extensive research and resources to develop such a unit that occupies information from all education fields and splits them into interactive learning and reference sections. This is a milestone for Ectaco and an outstanding addition to schools around the world."

The jetBook K-12 is unveiled today at the 2011 CES Show in Las Vegas and will begin implementation into schools by the end of Q1 2011. An innovation of this magnitude will not only attract students and teachers, but educational institutions as a whole who will be able to distribute the jetBook K-12 to each student individually with everything pre-loaded for the entire school year. Ectaco has been working with thousands of schools and school districts in all 50 states for the past 20 years.
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thanks for the post Russell and Kris

i actually like the design

im sure it will fit students' needs since they'll never lose it with a bright yellow color!

i wonder how it will actually work, anyone have any more info on it?
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If it's intended for the educational market I hope they'll be flexible on the colors -- lots of students would probably prefer their own school colors.
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The catalog showed an all-black version, and a black and white version as well.
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Old 01-16-2011, 06:06 AM   #21
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From Nate's review:

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The wand on the right can work with the Jetbook to do OCR which you can then play back as TTS.
What does 'play back as TTS' mean? Will anything scanned be available only as an audio file, or also readable on the JK-12?

Sorry to be dim.

Catlady, where did you see the catalog?
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where did you see the catalog?
It is at http://www.ectaco.com/products/downl...atalog_low.pdf

Note that the Jetbook+ appears to be replacing both the Jetbook and the Jetbook Lite (neither one is in the catalog).
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These people are rapidly convincing me that I made a good choice giving away my extra Nooks and replacing them with Jetbooks, especially as their new battery model is txt only.

Thanks for all the info.

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Old 01-16-2011, 02:03 PM   #25
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I think I may pick up a backup JBL before it's too late. The JB+ looks like an upgrade to the JB, but discontinuing the JBL for the txt-only Mini is a mistake IMO.
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I don't look forward to the search for a replacement for the JBL. At this point I know
of no other reader with the same set of features.

What other readers run on standard user replaceable batteries?

Do any of those also support at least .epub and .pdb?

Hopefully, my JBLs will last long enough that a better reader, with at least the above
features will have come along. If Ectaco isn't offering the JBL, or the something better,
by then, they will lose my patronage.

Luck;
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The K-12 is really interesting to me because of some of the content that (i think) comes on it.

It "offers" sat prep courses but does that mean you get it already or you have to pay extra? It seems in the catalog to be vague but other things seem to point towards it definitely being on the unit.
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