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Old 10-31-2007, 03:39 AM   #1
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StarEBook vs bookeen reader

Now, I know they come from the same factory, but how similar are they. The specs seem much the same except for the newer screen on the bookeen unit.

I wonder what the possibilities of loading CyBook Gen 3 firmware onto a StarEBook are.

Would certainly solve all my issues ...

I wonder...........

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Old 10-31-2007, 03:40 AM   #2
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And it would (IMHO) give you a more modern up-to-date reading experience providing the firmware for the Gen3 works.
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That is would..and mobipocket support!!!
Maybe i'll be able to try it soon.

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Old 11-01-2007, 12:45 PM   #4
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In order to obtain the firmware legally, you would, I presume, have to buy a CyBook. It would certainly NOT be legal for anyone (except Bookeen) to give you a copy.
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In order to obtain the firmware legally, you would, I presume, have to buy a CyBook. It would certainly NOT be legal for anyone (except Bookeen) to give you a copy.
Or one could download the image from their download/support page would be 'legal' if that page hasn't been reserved for registered customers.
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mm, more format support. That would be awsome. Fingers crossed that it works.

I must say I'm a bit disapointed with StarERead considering some of us went out of our way to pick up a StarEBook and no promised updates. Espec as we know they have been busy making ebook readers for another company. Oh well, early adopters curse.

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Or one could download the image from their download/support page would be 'legal' if that page hasn't been reserved for registered customers.
Surely, though, a part of the price one is paying for the CyBook is payment for a licence to run the software. If one does not possess that software licence, it would not be legal to install the software on a different machine, regardless of whether or not it can be freely downloaded.

It would be best to ask Bookeen about the legality of supplying a ROM image to someone who hasn't bought a CyBook.
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Surely, though, a part of the price one is paying for the CyBook is payment for a licence to run the software. If one does not possess that software licence, it would not be legal to install the software on a different machine, regardless of whether or not it can be freely downloaded.

It would be best to ask Bookeen about the legality of supplying a ROM image to someone who hasn't bought a CyBook.
I'd be more worried about trashing the STAReBOOK. But, as I don't *have* one, I'm not *that* worried. (This *would* make a nice adjunct sales for Bookeen if they were to test out 'upgrading' the STAReBOOK hardware to run Cybook firmware. Of course, it would be a minor tick in the revenue column, but just think of the goodwill it would generate!)

But I wouldn't push for this right now. Think about it; Bookeen is making a serious push to get their Gen3 Cybook out the door to customers, add in last-minute changes and updates and all that... Nope, it makes sense to ask for this kind of 'firmware-only' update at a later date when, maybe, those wonderful people at Bookeen have a chance to breathe a little. I doubt it would be as fascinating to them at this time. Just my humble opinion.

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Old 11-07-2007, 07:25 PM   #9
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heya derek,

all sounding like common sense to me. I guess it all depends just how different the StarEBook and the Cybook are internally. If its just a very very small difference, then it would really be great if htey released it as a paid upgrade.

However, nobody is expecting them to pour resources into it.

Lets wait and see,

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I just sent a message to bookeen directly and asked them what they think. If I get anything useful out of them then I'll let you know. Maybe they will at least allow me to attempt a reflash at my own risk which I would be willing to do.
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I just sent a message to bookeen directly and asked them what they think. If I get anything useful out of them then I'll let you know. Maybe they will at least allow me to attempt a reflash at my own risk which I would be willing to do.
Any word yet?
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None at all...and I'm not expecting any actually.
This is the stance of most companies when faced with difficult questions...no comment...
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None at all...and I'm not expecting any actually.
This is the stance of most companies when faced with difficult questions...no comment...
I'd rather they said they didn't no or the answer was no. Then at least we would have a response. Bookeen is not the most responsive company it seems.
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