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Old 11-02-2008, 12:50 PM   #16
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Cybook is pretty flimsy IMO. I don't have a BeBook/V3 to compare, but PRS-505 is much much sturdier (no wonder with an aluminium casing).
With the standard case (which is, IMHO, essential) the CyBook is fine, but don't get one without a case.
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I don't have any problems with the Mobi support on the HanLin V3. I realise there's no dictionary lookup from within a book, but that's a feature that I wouldn't use, even if it was available.

This pic is the PRC file of Olympus Prime on a Cybook and HanLin V3, with thanks to the author, Jim Smith.

I prefer full justification, but I believe that's a setting when the file's created. I think the book's perfectly readable on both devices (and its a great book, too!).

Please click 3 separate times to view the pic more clearly.

Wow! Page count in the BeBook!

Bookeen is taking months and months to update the firmware and give page count to the mobireader. What looks amazingly difficult for Bookeen is already done in a rough early version of BeBooks mobireader!
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I am currently leaning towards buying the EZ Reader version of the BeBook next spring. There are things I like about both the Cybook and Bebook/EZ Reader but...

1) I live in Washington state so dealing directly with a company in California for warrenty work, parts, etc. is much more appealing than going through Books On Board to deal with a company in France. Dealing directly with BeBook in the Netherlands would eliminate the middle man, but there would be other types of issues (time zones for one).

2) I can get a battery for the EZ Reader/BeBook at any cell phone supply place for $10 or less and install it myself. I really like this part because the Cybook battery is $45 + shipping directly from Bookeen.

3) After having a iPod with just the wheel for going through menus, I want the number buttons to make things easier even though they clutter the device a bit. I also like the location of the page turn buttons on the left-hand side.

4) I like how many formats are available on the EZ Reader/BeBook and that I have the option to load other reader software. I likely won't, but the having the option gives me warm fuzzy feelings. Cybook just doesn't seem to be quite as accomodating for loading other software as the EZ Reader/BeBook from what I have read.

5) The US prices I would pay for a Cybook or BeBook are the same, about $350 + shipping for the package deal. I hope that by spring the EZ Reader will have the shipping from China to the US issue resolved so the price will go down a bit from the current $324 + shipping. Also by then the Mobipocket support for all Jinke V3 devices should hopefully improve.

Many of my reasons will of course not apply to anyone outside the US and maybe not even on the east coast of the US, but hopefully they might provide you with a few things to consider.
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Wow! Page count in the BeBook!

Bookeen is taking months and months to update the firmware and give page count to the mobireader. What looks amazingly difficult for Bookeen is already done in a rough early version of BeBooks mobireader!
<sigh>

As has been said about a million times, page counts in Mobi Reader are buggy and useless. You may want them, but for many of us, an incorrect page count is worse than no page count at all, and the progress bar is perfectly satisfactory. You do Bookeen a disservice in your assertion that they couldn't add a page count should they wish to have done. Given the fundamental flaw in page counting in the Mobi "engine" (which they have no control over) the decision not to display (meaningless) page numbers was the right one to take, IMHO.
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As has been said about a million times, page counts in Mobi Reader are buggy and useless.
HarryT is right... the page numbers are only a rough estimation of the actual number of pages, and the estimations are incorrect most of the time.

However, I wouldn't go so far as to call them "useless", since I find even a rough estimation a welcome indication of my progress in the book—although a progress bar probably is just as useful.
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HarryT is right... the page numbers are only a rough estimation of the actual number of pages, and the estimations are incorrect most of the time.

However, I wouldn't go so far as to call them "useless", since I find even a rough estimation a welcome indication of my progress in the book—although a progress bar probably is just as useful.
Well, the pagecount in Mobi is screwed up yes, however the pagecount in .LIT works most excellent and is very accurate.
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As has been said about a million times, page counts in Mobi Reader are buggy and useless. You may want them, but for many of us, an incorrect page count is worse than no page count at all, and the progress bar is perfectly satisfactory. You do Bookeen a disservice in your assertion that they couldn't add a page count should they wish to have done. Given the fundamental flaw in page counting in the Mobi "engine" (which they have no control over) the decision not to display (meaningless) page numbers was the right one to take, IMHO.
Useless? That's your opinion, Harry. Maybe Bookeen could make page count optional? Not making it available means there are lots of people without that option.

Right now, I have the trouble to use the "go to..." option to know how many "pages" the ebook has with the current font type&size settings, for example.

Even if not accurate, it's a lot more accurate than a simple bar in the bottom.

Can't Bookeen implement it, even if making it optional?
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Old 11-03-2008, 07:26 AM   #24
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Could I ask what you use the "Goto" function for? I honestly don't believe I've ever used it, in all the time I've had my CyBook. If I want to go to a particular place in the book, I use the table of contents.
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And there are very good arguments that it is very useful even with the limitations. And they display the last pagenumber in the goto menu.
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And there are very good arguments that it is very useful even with the limitations. And they display the last pagenumber in the goto menu.
This gives an idea of the length of the book, especially if you use the same font size all the time within your books.
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I completely agree that knowing the approximate length of the book, in pages, is useful information, but that information is available on the Gen3, albeit a little awkwardly. What I'm not so convinced of is the value of a current page number, due to its extreme unreliability in a Mobipocket book.
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I completely agree that knowing the approximate length of the book, in pages, is useful information, but that information is available on the Gen3, albeit a little awkwardly. What I'm not so convinced of is the value of a current page number, due to its extreme unreliability in a Mobipocket book.
For me it is useful for a lot of things. So just add it as an option so people can choose.
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What do you guys think of the Hanlin V8?
I see some people mention the V3; they seem 2 devices not so far appart, besides the small touchscreen on the bottom if I'm right...
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I've come to the conclusion between the two of them, basically by just comparing the Matrix.

I'll write the differences here:
Size and weight differences are small, and not really an issue for me here:
Bebook left,-- Cybook right. (score +1 for item Bebook, -1 when Cybook wins)

184x120.5x9.9 -- 188x118x8.5 (-1) minor difference
200gr -- 174gr (-1) minor difference
950mAh Nokia batt(easily replaceable) -- 1000mAh custom Cybook batt (+2,-1) higher capacity battery, but not easily replacable
9000 pageturns -- 8000 pageturns (+1)
16sec boot -- 20sec boot (+1)
SDK Yes -- No (+1)
SD/MMC -- SDHC (+1,-1) <= anyone knows if one device uses SDHC?
2MB NOR FLASH -- 8MB RAM (-1)
USB 1.1 -- USB 2 (-1)
+Epub, RTF, LIT, PPT, WOLF, DOC, CHM, FB2, DJVU, Tiff, BMP, RAR, ZIP -- OEB XHTML (+13, -1)
No dictionary -- Dictionary support (-1)
No Notes -- Bookmarks menu (-1)
I station readman service -- N/A (+0) I don't use this anyways.
N/A -- Ubibooks, Cluster21 (-2)
$299 -- $350 (+2) <=Price is a major factor
Better build quality -- Beter design and looks, and color; better display? (-2)

BeBook score:21
CyBook score:13
This leads me to : a +8 score for Bebook

Any thoughts or changes on above info? (like other read format support or so?)

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