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Old 07-28-2007, 11:05 PM   #61
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I've never heard of an arrangement like that! I very much doubt that will be the case. Bookeen have already announced that the CyBook will be available in "basic" and "deluxe" packages - the latter including a charger and a leather cover.
So the basic version doesn't have a charger or any sort of cover?
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So the basic version doesn't have a charger or any sort of cover?
That would appear to be the situation. USB charging only. I don't know whether the basic package will include a cheaper cover, but the "deluxe" package will include a leather cover.
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That would appear to be the situation. USB charging only.
Ah well, usb charging is allready one step up from the Iliad.
Zipped file support means that .cbr comics/manga will be no problem.
So, thats 2 steps up.
fast pageturn is step nimber 3.

Now all we need is a really, really decent batterylife and suspend mode.
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Old 07-29-2007, 07:55 AM   #64
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Ah well, usb charging is allready one step up from the Iliad.
Zipped file support means that .cbr comics/manga will be no problem.
So, thats 2 steps up.
fast pageturn is step nimber 3.

Now all we need is a really, really decent batterylife and suspend mode.
But, the iLiad has a higher resolution and 16 shades. So it's still one up from anything else.
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Now all we need is a really, really decent batterylife and suspend mode.
What do you mean by a "suspend mode", as a matter of interest?

With the Sony Reader, the machine never turns off - all the "off" button does is disable the screen and most of the buttons - so you turn it on and it's available for instant use. Do you mean that you'd like to see a real way of turning the machine off, so you'd increase the battery life at the expense of a longer start-up time?

I prefer the "instant use" of the Reader, personally. OK, the machine's battery goes flat after about 3-4 weeks, whether it's used or not, (because the operating system is always running) but I can live with that.
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Old 07-29-2007, 11:13 AM   #66
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I am so glad I stumbled onto this forum. I almost went out and purchased a Sony, but once I received the email from Bookeen I decided to wait and see what all the talk was about.
Unfortunately I have still been using an old Hiebook reader, but it works and I can read my books while traveling. Reading this forum has helped me make a decision into which one to buy. I don't like being told where to buy my books in order for them to work on a device. I think I can wait until September and still use my PC and Hiebook.
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Old 07-29-2007, 11:20 AM   #67
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Welcome to MobileRead Laurie. I hope the Cybook will be everything you imagine it to be. The Sony is a nice device, but I do feel that BBeB format is a highly restrictive format as far as widespread ease of purchasing books. MobiPocket will make a wider range of books available to you in DRM format then the Sony has. Plus the new Vizplex screen should be nice.
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Thanks for the welcome. I read so much I have already burned through 3 Hiebooks over the years. I can't imagine traveling with paper books any more. When the Bookeen announcement came out, I was a little unsure of the date it would be available since they wrote "next" September. I also don't like the look of the Amazon Kindle and have a feeling you would only be able to buy from Amazon to read on it.
It will be nice to have a better screen to read with so I can't wait to see this new device.

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What do you mean by a "suspend mode", as a matter of interest?

With the Sony Reader, the machine never turns off - all the "off" button does is disable the screen and most of the buttons - so you turn it on and it's available for instant use. Do you mean that you'd like to see a real way of turning the machine off, so you'd increase the battery life at the expense of a longer start-up time?

I prefer the "instant use" of the Reader, personally. OK, the machine's battery goes flat after about 3-4 weeks, whether it's used or not, (because the operating system is always running) but I can live with that.
Right...your battery goes flat after 3 to 4 weeks but you can live with that and on top of that you have instant use.
I need to sit down now and have a strong cup of cofee.
You lucky ^#%*!! ( please note the smiley)

My Iliad can only be switched on or off completely, no instant use, has a battery life of just about 5 hours and has a startup time of at least 1 minute.
As you can understand I would absolutely love a suspend mode or as you call it "the machine never turns off".

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But, the iLiad has a higher resolution and 16 shades. So it's still one up from anything else.
Those 16 shades of grey do not impress me too much.
I use my ebook readers mostly for..well, reading.
With older ebook readers such as Hiebook (filthy green when backlit) and Rocket Ebook I never missed those greyshades.
The first Cybook ofcourse had colour but I never used that much.

The higher resolution is also not something I think I'll miss.
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@High5: Your 5 hours on the iLiad are not normal. It should be at least around 10.

Though i have to say, just for reading, i will probably like it. I have to get me one of those. It lighter, lasts longer, and if it can do PDF, its very interesting, even if the screen is smaller.
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The Sony does PDF. Poorly, but it does it. Unless the Gen3 has pan & zoom, then it's PDF display won't be any better then the Sony.
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The Sony does PDF. Poorly, but it does it. Unless the Gen3 has pan & zoom, then it's PDF display won't be any better then the Sony.
I don't really mind. I'm used to reading PDF files that are generated for the Sony PRS-500. I've tried using LRF too, but I like PDF better. The lack of hyphenation and of a proper justified text are enough reasons for me to read using PDF instead of LRF. I don't need to change the size of the text either once I've selected the right font & size for my device.
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I don't really mind. I'm used to reading PDF files that are generated for the Sony PRS-500.
Unfortunately when most people say "PDF" what they actually mean is "A4/Letter PDF" which, as you know, cannot sensibly be displayed on a screen 1/6th the area of an A4 screen.
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And we have heard no word on how the Gen3 will handle PDF that is US letter sized.
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Unfortunately when most people say "PDF" what they actually mean is "A4/Letter PDF" which, as you know, cannot sensibly be displayed on a screen 1/6th the area of an A4 screen.
It depends. Some PDF can. You can generate reflowable PDF too, although it's not supported on the Sony Reader. A simple support for this feature would be even better than pan/zoom.
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