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Old 06-21-2007, 11:47 AM   #46
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@athlonkmf, I don't dare show that photo to my 13 year old daughter. She won't be satisfied with my eBw 1150 if I do.
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@athlonkmf, I don't dare show that photo to my 13 year old daughter. She won't be satisfied with my eBw 1150 if I do.

What pic are you talking about then, the reader or the cybook?
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Old 06-21-2007, 12:16 PM   #48
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Supports Mobipocket too

Just read this. Didn't see it mentioned, but sorry if I am repeating someone else:

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The Bookeen Cybook will also support many document formats including Mobipocket, RTF, HTML, PDF, Open eBook and other formats like MP3 audio.

...also we have no exact date of launch but it is said to be sometime in the summer in Europe and ready to go in the US for around $350.
http://www.product-reviews.net/2007/...rtf-documents/
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Old 06-21-2007, 12:28 PM   #49
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What pic are you talking about then, the reader or the cybook?
Your Reader pic (including the others in the iLiad thread). She's a manga fiend and one of the first things she wanted to know when I started letting her use my eBw was whether she could read manga on it. (Fortunately, there is now a conversion script that will probably make this possible, if I can find digitized versions of the titles she owns in paper.)
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Old 06-21-2007, 12:39 PM   #50
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Fromt he latest pictures, the Cybook looks like an ergonomic disaster. I know the Sony is poor in that regard as well.

When I hold my Sony, the page turn button would be best 1/2 way up or 3/4 the way up the top of the left side and would be nice also on the right side as well depending which hand you prefer to use. The Cybook looks like all the controls are at the bottom. Even worse then the Sony. When will these companies learn how people actually hold the reader and make buttons so it is more comfortable to turn pages.

The other problem here is we need another reader with the same specs as the Sony like we need a hole-in-the-head. What we need is a reader that handles letter/a4 PDF properly. Make the reader do 1024x768 in a 4:3 aspect with a 9" screen and it might be ok.
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Old 06-21-2007, 12:54 PM   #51
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I wonder what the price on this thing is going to be, because I'm drooling already.

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Old 06-21-2007, 12:57 PM   #52
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Fromt he latest pictures, the Cybook looks like an ergonomic disaster. I know the Sony is poor in that regard as well.

When I hold my Sony, the page turn button would be best 1/2 way up or 3/4 the way up the top of the left side and would be nice also on the right side as well depending which hand you prefer to use. The Cybook looks like all the controls are at the bottom. Even worse then the Sony. When will these companies learn how people actually hold the reader and make buttons so it is more comfortable to turn pages.

The other problem here is we need another reader with the same specs as the Sony like we need a hole-in-the-head. What we need is a reader that handles letter/a4 PDF properly. Make the reader do 1024x768 in a 4:3 aspect with a 9" screen and it might be ok.
Agreed they both have the same ergonomic quirks. To my knowledge no one makes a better reader yet... at this level.
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I wonder what the price on this thing is going to be, because I'm drooling already.

Around $350 according to this:



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The Bookeen Cybook will also support many document formats including Mobipocket, RTF, HTML, PDF, Open eBook and other formats like MP3 audio.

...also we have no exact date of launch but it is said to be sometime in the summer in Europe and ready to go in the US for around $350.
http://www.product-reviews.net/2007/...rtf-documents/

Also supports MobiPocket. Very Cool!
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Old 06-21-2007, 01:25 PM   #54
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Fromt he latest pictures, the Cybook looks like an ergonomic disaster. I know the Sony is poor in that regard as well.

When I hold my Sony, the page turn button would be best 1/2 way up or 3/4 the way up the top of the left side and would be nice also on the right side as well depending which hand you prefer to use. The Cybook looks like all the controls are at the bottom. Even worse then the Sony. When will these companies learn how people actually hold the reader and make buttons so it is more comfortable to turn pages.

The other problem here is we need another reader with the same specs as the Sony like we need a hole-in-the-head. What we need is a reader that handles letter/a4 PDF properly. Make the reader do 1024x768 in a 4:3 aspect with a 9" screen and it might be ok.
That's what I thought too. And the large "bottom" is just wasted space as far as I see. Or they have to planning some keyboard on it or something...

But the specs aren't the same. The screen is better. If you don't have a SOny Reader yet, you'd opt for the bookeen too (if it's the same price)

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Your Reader pic (including the others in the iLiad thread). She's a manga fiend and one of the first things she wanted to know when I started letting her use my eBw was whether she could read manga on it. (Fortunately, there is now a conversion script that will probably make this possible, if I can find digitized versions of the titles she owns in paper.)
wait till she read my "Manga on the Sony Reader"-article then

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Old 06-21-2007, 01:32 PM   #55
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One thing that I want in a next gen reader is PROPERLY PLACED CONTROLS! I want to have the buttons for page turning placed where most people hold their thumb when reading. How hard is it to do? I'm sorry, but these companies are run by chimpanzees.
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Old 06-21-2007, 01:42 PM   #56
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But it's made for us Chimp-types, not for Wolves .

When I hold my Reader in my left hand (I'm left-handed), my left thumb falls naturally over the page turn "rocker switch". It's perfect, as far as I'm concerned.
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Old 06-21-2007, 02:08 PM   #57
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But it's still a two handed read, this is a one page display. Sure you can do it for some time but you need a gorilla grip not a chimp one.
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No, I hold my Reader in one hand, and it's perfectly comfortable. Perhaps I'm just deformed .
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Or very strong. No Chimp there!
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The way that I hold it is with the four fingers of my left hand supporting the back of the Reader, the bottom left corner of the Reader at the base of my thumb, and my thumb over the page turn rocker switch. As I say, that's perfectly comfortable for me. I am left-handed, though - perhaps it doesn't work so well for right-handed people?
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