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Old 07-20-2009, 04:48 PM   #1
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Cybook or Bebook

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Ordered a new Cybook 2 weeks ago. On backorder until August at the earliest. Looked around the net and came across the Bebook.
All I am looking for is an easy to use ebook reader that suppor Mobipocketbook. Also I have Windows Vista. Of course I don't want to spend a million dollors. So Cybook or Bebook?

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Old 07-20-2009, 05:17 PM   #2
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I have an EZ Reader (Hanlin V3, like the BeBook), but the Cybook is probably the better MOBI ebook reader. Its advantages are: a) 12 font sizes (vs 3), b) dictionary support, c) thumbnail cover images in its library view. The next firmware will also support folders, which the BeBook already has. A downside of the Gen3 is significantly shorter battery life than the BeBook.
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Hello,

Ordered a new Cybook 2 weeks ago. On backorder until August at the earliest. Looked around the net and came across the Bebook.
All I am looking for is an easy to use ebook reader that suppor Mobipocketbook. Also I have Windows Vista. Of course I don't want to spend a million dollors. So Cybook or Bebook?

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Cybook:
Pros:
- Thumbnail view for Mobipocket files in the bookshelf.
- 2 versions. 1 with DRMed .epub and 1 with DRMed .prc.
I wouldn't know how to measure it, but to me the display quality of Cybook seems superior to BeBook.
Cons:
- Buttons on the left not really ergonomically.
- No standby.

BeBook:
Pros:
- OpenInkpot (replacement OS): I haven't tried it, as I simply don't like my BeBook, but there are very positive reviews.
- User replaceable battery.
Cons:
- Feels and looks cheap.
Quote from PC Pro's online review: "Unfortunately, first impressions are underwhelming. Whereas the Sony PRS-505 slid from the box like a Bentley whispering out of the showroom, there's a real bargain basement feel to the BeBook". (Unfortunately, I didn't know about that review before ordering: But I have to agree.)
- Never happened to me, but some report BeBook being unstable.

You easily can "trick" Kindle 2 ($ 299) into processing Mobipocket as well.

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Old 07-20-2009, 05:38 PM   #4
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Although there are great reviews (and bad) for Sony and Kindle I want the freedom to buy ebooks where I want. This is important to me.
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Although there are great reviews (and bad) for Sony and Kindle I want the freedom to buy ebooks where I want. This is important to me.
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You can purchase standard Mobipocket files wherever you want for Kindle (very simple procedure). You don't have to use Amazon.
But usually Amazon is about 15% cheaper than the others.

My personal ranking for Mobipocket:
iRex iLiad, Kindle 2, Kindle DX, iRex 1000S, Cybook, BeBook
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Hello,

Ordered a new Cybook 2 weeks ago. On backorder until August at the earliest. Looked around the net and came across the Bebook.
All I am looking for is an easy to use ebook reader that suppor Mobipocketbook. Also I have Windows Vista. Of course I don't want to spend a million dollors. So Cybook or Bebook?

Lake:
I'd like to make a suggestion. Get a device that supports ePub with Adobe's DRM. Mobipocket is falling by the wayside as far as support on eink devices. You'd be better off with ePub in the long run.
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Old 07-20-2009, 09:02 PM   #7
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I'd like to make a suggestion. Get a device that supports ePub with Adobe's DRM. Mobipocket is falling by the wayside as far as support on eink devices. You'd be better off with ePub in the long run.
From "Weltbild" (read in the forum about a Spanish supplier as well) you can order a Cybook version, supporting .epub (they've cancelled Mobipocket in that, because Mobipocket doesn't allow any other DRM next to it).
Personally, I'm not a fan of .epub, because I don't like reflow. (Prefer zooming PDFs on iRex iLiad for example.)
But it's obviously the "coming format" and already has kind of a "quasi standard" status.
As I've mentioned Kindle before: I don't expect .epub coming to Kindle. Amazon most likely will try to keep their competition from Kindle and (from Amazon's point of view) already there are way too many sources for buying .epub.
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I am only guessing, but my guess is that when the Cybook is back in stock it will be a slightly different (upgraded) model. This can be good news if you like the latest features, but it does mean that we can't be sure exactly which features/formats will be supported.
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As previously mentioned, mobi is being dropped. It appears as if BeBook, and other V3 based devices, might be dropping Mobi in favor of Adobe's new DRM. Others are dropping Mobi too. If I am understanding it correctly, Mobi only lets devices use it as the only DRM available on the device. Meaning, no epub and mobi support, or mobi and anything else.

I personally just ordered a PRS-505 the other day, because I wanted epub support. Most of the ebooks I have now are in oebzip format, which is the basis for drm epub (meaning easy conversion. What is nice about that, is how easy it is to find DRM'ed books it'll read. For instance my school bookstore only supports Adobe epubs when it comes to ebooks.

I did think about a Cybook, till I saw how few formats it supported.
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I did think about a Cybook, till I saw how few formats it supported.
How many formats a device supports is not nearly as important (IMHO) as how well it supports them. I would far rather have a device which supports one format extremely well, than a dozen formats poorly.

The CyBook unquestionably has the best support for Mobipocket of any eInk device currently on the market, and will shortly also offer the choice of using a firmware version which supports ePub, too. (ie two different firmware versions, one supporting Mobi, the other ePub.). That, to my mind, gives you the best of both worlds.

The BeBook's Mobi support is, by all accounts, not wonderful. Not terrible, but not wonderful. Eg, it does not support dictionary lookup; a feature which, to me personally, is important.
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Thank you for all your opinions. Will take all under consideration and make a decision.
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I have both. I don't buy DRM-ed e-books, so mobipocket support is not a critical to me.

From a usability standpoint, both work reasonably well. The BeBook has a more "buttony" user interface, the CyBook is more early Ipod-ish. You may have a preference...

If you ever branch out beyond Mobi, the BeBook is better, hands down. Inside the world of Mobi, the CYBook is better.

I'm looking at both of them, side by side, right now. I'm afraid I don't see any "cheapness" in the BeBook. It's a little thicker and shorter than the CyBook, and the CyBook's plastic case is black instead of charcoal grey, both they are both made of the same screen and both cases are made of plastic. I guess I'm esthetically challenged.

Whichever liseuse you buy, budget for the deluxe cover. They're worth it! The CyBook cover has two really nifty magnets the hold it closed when not in use, and it cradles the liseuse better. But, and this is a big but, the CyBook loads in from the top, which means it could slide out if it got held upside down. The Bebook uses a friction strap for a closure, (not as good), and doesn't cradle the liseuse as well. But it has two advantages over the CyBook. One, it loads into the case from the left side, which means when it is closed, it can't fall out. Second the screen cover portion of the cover folds in two, with the inside having slots for 2 more SD chips built in, as well as slots for business cards and/or thin notes. Handy.
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But, and this is a big but, the CyBook loads in from the top, which means it could slide out if it got held upside down.
I honestly can't imagine the CyBook falling out of its case - the friction between the case and the device holds it pretty firmly in place.
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I have both. I don't buy DRM-ed e-books, so mobipocket support is not a critical to me.

From a usability standpoint, both work reasonably well. The BeBook has a more "buttony" user interface, the CyBook is more early Ipod-ish. You may have a preference...

If you ever branch out beyond Mobi, the BeBook is better, hands down. Inside the world of Mobi, the CYBook is better.

I'm looking at both of them, side by side, right now. I'm afraid I don't see any "cheapness" in the BeBook. It's a little thicker and shorter than the CyBook, and the CyBook's plastic case is black instead of charcoal grey, both they are both made of the same screen and both cases are made of plastic. I guess I'm esthetically challenged.

Whichever liseuse you buy, budget for the deluxe cover. They're worth it! The CyBook cover has two really nifty magnets the hold it closed when not in use, and it cradles the liseuse better. But, and this is a big but, the CyBook loads in from the top, which means it could slide out if it got held upside down. The Bebook uses a friction strap for a closure, (not as good), and doesn't cradle the liseuse as well. But it has two advantages over the CyBook. One, it loads into the case from the left side, which means when it is closed, it can't fall out. Second the screen cover portion of the cover folds in two, with the inside having slots for 2 more SD chips built in, as well as slots for business cards and/or thin notes. Handy.
The "Cheapness" of BeBook becomes most obvious if compared to Sony 505.
Sony not at all looks and feel like "cheap plastic", but like an elegant gadget,
But even Cybook, in my opinion, looks more elegant.
Maybe it's the "imprint" on the buttons of BeBook? Kind of looks "improvised".
It's "blocky design" reminds me of C64 (which I LOVED) or something of that era. There are quite a few reviews online, claiming the "ugliness"....
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Sorry Harry, I asked the origional question because I have a Cybook and it went diagonal sqaures on me and my computer wont recognise it and in the end after trying everything Bookeen said it is on it's way to France (Bookeen). So, I have had my Cybook one month over a year and the case is lovely but seems to have become loose around the Cybook and I have had to catch the Cybook as it has slid out of the cover more than once. So, yes it does happen.
I have cancelled my order for another Cybook. Bad feeling about the backordering. First they said July 1st, then August 1st and now maybe August 10th the next Cybook order will be in. Maybe. I Have ordered a Bebook. Will be here by Friday. Hopefully. Have learned never to count on shipping. So that is my decision. Of course will keep my open for a backup of something.
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