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Old 10-13-2006, 11:24 AM   #1
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More E Ink from China: STAReBOOK STK-101 e-reader

I'll get right to the point: This one looks very sweet. Michel from Staretek sent us details on the Chinese STAReBOOK e-book reader, which boasts a 6-inch display using E Ink technology - apparently the same display manufactured by PVI and used in the Sony Reader and the Jinke HanLin eBook. The reader is supposed to become available this November in three different editions, two for the Chinese market and one for the English, at a price of around USD $440.

Specifications:
  • 6-inch SVGA 800x600 4 grey scales E Ink display
  • 250g (160g without case and li-ion battery)
  • 188mm by 118mm by 85mm (last one looks like a typo and should probably say 8.5mm)
  • ARM-based 250MHz SAMSUNG processor (S3C2410A core)
  • 64MB SDRAM system memory
  • SD slot (MMS compatible)
  • USB 2.0
  • headphone jack
  • rear-mounted mono speaker
  • Linux 2.4.1, MP3 player built-in, uses own e-book format internally (STK)

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Old 10-13-2006, 11:42 AM   #2
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Until there is A4/Letter sized Reader under $400, I'm not interested
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Old 10-13-2006, 12:15 PM   #3
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Okay, now I'm confused, I thought letter sized was A5? No? Just trying to get it right for myself, you see.
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Will it have a touch screen? What types of formats does it read natively?
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Sweet!

Now if I only knew what an STK file was, and how to make one, I wouldn't now be living in terror that Sony won't get the Reader here in time and I'll have to buy this one for my wife instead...

Sounds like a removable battery? A useful feature for my wife. She's one of those people around whom batteries have shorter than expected lives for some not well understood reason.

I just call her "Battery Vampire". Less than six months and I've already had to replace both BT50's for her Motorola A1200... my single BT50 is still going strong in my A1200 after seven months.
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Okay, now I'm confused, I thought letter sized was A5? No? Just trying to get it right for myself, you see.
All them A's are measured in them Fancy French Units so by definition noone of thems can be letter sized.

The rest of the world uses A4 paper for the same uses as an American uses letter sized paper.

A5 is almost the same as an "Executive Notebook" page.

Measurements in English units:
A5 5.83 8.26
A4 8.26 11.69
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I'll get right to the point: This one looks very sweet. Michel from Staretek sent us details on the Chinese STAReBOOK e-book reader, which boasts a 6-inch display using E Ink technology
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All them A's are measured in them Fancy French Units so by definition noone of thems can be letter sized.

The rest of the world uses A4 paper for the same uses as an American uses letter sized paper.

A5 is almost the same as an "Executive Notebook" page.

Measurements in English units:
A5 5.83 8.26
A4 8.26 11.69
Thank you, scotty1024, I guess I've had it backwards for years. But I haven't been using the terms until recently ("letter sized" is just so long to type a lot), so I don't feel too bad about it.
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Old 10-13-2006, 02:39 PM   #9
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...uses own e-book format internally (STK)
I like the appearance of this once.

Then I got to this last line. Come on, people. HTML!
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Old 10-13-2006, 03:12 PM   #10
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All them A's are measured in them Fancy French Units so by definition noone of thems can be letter sized.

The rest of the world uses A4 paper for the same uses as an American uses letter sized paper.

A5 is almost the same as an "Executive Notebook" page.

Measurements in English units:
A5 5.83 8.26
A4 8.26 11.69
I hate to break the news to you ;-)
but it is YOUR paper that is being measured in strange medieval units (12 inches make 1 foot, 3 feet makes 1yard and so on...) the rest of world has moved to sensible decadic units looooong time ago.
So proper dimensions are:
A4 is 210x297 mm
Letter is 216x279 mm

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Why do all the hardware reader companies have to come out with their own format. Just standardize already!

Also, looking at it, what does this have over the Sony Reader? Seems less for more money. Also a single button on the bottom right? Ergonomics? (not that the sony is great in that regard.)
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I hate to break the news to you ;-)
but it is YOUR paper that is being measured in strange medieval units (12 inches make 1 foot, 3 feet makes 1yard and so on...) the rest of world has moved to sensible decadic units looooong time ago.
So proper dimensions are:
A4 is 210x297 mm
Letter is 216x279 mm

;-)
Stinkin' metri-elitists.

You left out the truly superior Texas measurements such as: yonder, a piece, a ways, a hunk, etc.
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Umm, forgive me for being picky, but I fail to see anything better, or for that matter, worse, between:

A5 is 5.83 x 8.26 inches
A4 is 8.26 x 11.69 inches

and

A4 is 210 x 297 mm
Letter is 216 x 279 mm

Now, if A4 was 200x300 mm, there might be something to crow about!

And, yes, I do know that the ISO paper sizes are metric with the aspect ratio based on the square root of 2 so that each sheet is exactly half the size of the previous one and that the actual area of the paper has a nice, round metric value.

I just love to argu...um...er...debate issues!

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And, yes, I do know that the ISO paper sizes are metric with the aspect ratio based on the square root of 2 so that each sheet is exactly half the size of the previous one and that the actual area of the paper has a nice, round metric value.
See, now that's just being arcane for the sake of obscurity to me. I mean, who came up with that approach? And why weren't they doing something a bit more useful than figuring out paper sizes based on the square root of 2, for cryin' out loud?!? Probably some crazy european ('cause it's metric) philosopher-mathematician-printer type.

Is there any actual advantage to it aside from being able to fold an A4 in half to reliably simulate two A5's?

That's all just crazy talk.
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