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Old 10-21-2007, 11:24 AM   #1
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October is rapidly running out. Unless Bookeen finally start taking orders this week, I think their chance of actually shipping product by the end of the month are "remote", to say the least!
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Old 10-21-2007, 11:31 AM   #2
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There is a new blog entry at Bookens blog saying: "We will very soon open our online shop (and by the way add much more info concerning the Cybook Gen3 on the site). Here is a pic of the packaging of the Cybook Gen3."

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Old 10-21-2007, 11:37 AM   #3
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That's good news. The link in your post doesn't work, BTW.
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Old 10-21-2007, 11:59 AM   #4
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October is rapidly running out. Unless Bookeen finally start taking orders this week, I think their chance of actually shipping product by the end of the month are "remote", to say the least!
I still don't think it'll be ready. Heck, they just released 0.99 of the firmware. So I'm still going by a November release date. They have yet to get 1.0 of the firmware ready. And once that is ready, they still have to make all the units and package them and ship them and so forth. So November is a lot more realistic at this time. Unless of course to be done in October they rush out an unfinished product. if they do that though, their reputation will be mud.
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Old 10-21-2007, 12:09 PM   #5
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I still don't think it'll be ready. Heck, they just released 0.99 of the firmware. So I'm still going by a November release date. They have yet to get 1.0 of the firmware ready. And once that is ready, they still have to make all the units and package them and ship them and so forth. So November is a lot more realistic at this time.

At the rate they're releasing the latest firmware updates, they probably will have v1.0 by this upcoming Friday. That's a good three days before the end of the month. As long as it contains the working audio plug-in, the ability to pan and zoom PDFs and either support for multi-file HTML ebooks or RTF support, I'd say they could ship and call it a commercial product. Note that I asked for *either* multiple-file HTML ebook support *OR* RTF support. Either one would give the widest range of ebook support for a v1.0 release. Then, whichever one they haven't got, could be added in the next update or so.

I must admit that I'd really like some sort of PC app which does the update process through the USB cable... For a novice, the updating of firmware through the SD card can be a bit scary. (I say this because the 0.98 update was - for me - rather scary and frustrating, and I'm *not* a handheld/pc updating novice.)

Taking the menu shots today. Will post. But I'm finding the rest of the Cybook's 0.99 firmware is quite stable. And I'm loving the no-flash-with-black-screen page flip to be rather nice for book reading. I'd not want to use it during the image-viewer slideshow, but it is more comfortable for books.

I must note that there's a slow, but minor, build-up of pale grey shadowing where the old lines used to be. It's not irritating, just *there*, after a few dozen page flips when not using 'flashing'. I'll try to capture it and post the image.

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Old 10-21-2007, 12:13 PM   #6
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Can you take a book and flip the pages without the flashing and show s how it looks at the end of the book? Does it get worse enough so you want the flashing at some point just to clean the ghosting?
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Old 10-21-2007, 12:29 PM   #7
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I must admit that I'd really like some sort of PC app which does the update process through the USB cable... For a novice, the updating of firmware through the SD card can be a bit scary. (I say this because the 0.98 update was - for me - rather scary and frustrating, and I'm *not* a handheld/pc updating novice.)
Well, to support as many operating system as possible updating throught the SD card is the best way to go. I also find it more scary to update hardware using a PC since this process is sensitive to power drop out or disconnection of cable and other unforseen events.

Some question about functionality. How does bookmarks work? Can you have more than one bookmark i a book? Can you toggle between or cycle through bookmarks in different books?
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Well, to support as many operating system as possible updating throught the SD card is the best way to go. I also find it more scary to update hardware using a PC since this process is sensitive to power drop out or disconnection of cable and other unforseen events.

Some question about functionality. How does bookmarks work? Can you have more than one bookmark i a book? Can you toggle between or cycle through bookmarks in different books?
Bookmarks? What are these 'bookmarks' of which you speak???



IOW, at this level of firmware one had better be of the attitude of "We don't need no steenkeeng bookmarks!". I suppose that this feature will become available, just that it's not present in version 0.99 firmware.

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Old 10-21-2007, 12:57 PM   #9
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Can you take a book and flip the pages without the flashing and show s how it looks at the end of the book? Does it get worse enough so you want the flashing at some point just to clean the ghosting?
Gosh Durn It!!! Do you know how long it takes to flip through 1,200-1,500 pages?!? Me thumb will be all worn out!!!

Okay, I'll dedicate tomorrow for my Day of the Sore Thumb.

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Old 10-21-2007, 01:09 PM   #10
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Gosh Durn It!!! Do you know how long it takes to flip through 1,200-1,500 pages?!? Me thumb will be all worn out!!!

Okay, I'll dedicate tomorrow for my Day of the Sore Thumb.

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Just set the font to a size that gives you maybe 500-700 pages. That should be fine and you can stop once you see the pages become a bit unreadable.
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It remembers where in the book you were, when you exit the book.
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What a bookmark is is a way to mark a page you are currently on. The Sony PRS-500/505 both have that ability. I use it mostly to mark a page that has an error for a book I've converted where I can go and fix it later on.
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Nothing like stating the obvious.

Yeah, like, you know... I *know* what a bookmark is. I was just being facetious about it. And, no, the Cybook does *NOT* support this feature in v0.99.





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The Mobi reader on the iLiad doesn't support bookmarks either, while we're on the subject .
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The Mobipocket reader remembers the last page for any given book, and since the implementations for Bookeen and iRex must be similar I'd say it's possible already.


However I don't think you can bookmark a specific page other than the last, it's sort of a last known position.

PS: Sorry Harry, I didn't see your post. So last position doesn't count as a bookmark?

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