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Old 05-09-2008, 11:08 AM   #1
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Another new E Ink device: BEBOOK

A Netherlands company is putting out a 6" e-ink reader called BEBOOK.


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The BEBOOK is capable of reading all popular digital document formats like .doc, .txt, .pdf, .jpg, .htm and .rtf files. It features a 6-inch reflective screen, a SD card slot, 512MB of internal storage and a USB connector. The BEBOOK's dimensions are 184mm (length) x 120mm (width) x 10mm (height) and it weighs just 220 gr including the battery.
http://mybebook.com/index.html


Nothing too exciting, but thought it might interest some folks.
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Old 05-09-2008, 11:22 AM   #2
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Good Morning! I disagree - it is exciting to me that so many companies are bringing readers to market. Competition will force prices down, and hopefully stimulate publishers to push for even more e-book editions.
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i agree completely. hope we start to see these effects really soon...
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Old 05-09-2008, 11:41 AM   #4
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Good Morning! I disagree - it is exciting to me that so many companies are bringing readers to market. Competition will force prices down, and hopefully stimulate publishers to push for even more e-book editions.
I agree it's great there's another device, that's why I posted it. But this particular device doesn't seem all that exciting. It doesn't handle any of the popular ebook formats or anything so I don't see it encouraging publishers & it seems pretty expensive for what it does.

It'd be great to see overall prices drop. If 6" readers were in the $150-$200 range & something Iliad sized in the $300-$350 range you'd really see the market expand I think.
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Old 05-09-2008, 11:43 AM   #5
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Looks like the Hanlin v3.
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I agree it's great there's another device, that's why I posted it. But this particular device doesn't seem all that exciting. It doesn't handle any of the popular ebook formats or anything so I don't see it encouraging publishers & it seems pretty expensive for what it does.

It'd be great to see overall prices drop. If 6" readers were in the $150-$200 range & something Iliad sized in the $300-$350 range you'd really see the market expand I think.
quite true. (come on Astak, hurry up !)
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Old 05-09-2008, 11:51 AM   #7
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I agree it's great there's another device, that's why I posted it. But this particular device doesn't seem all that exciting. It doesn't handle any of the popular ebook formats or anything so I don't see it encouraging publishers & it seems pretty expensive for what it does.

It'd be great to see overall prices drop. If 6" readers were in the $150-$200 range & something Iliad sized in the $300-$350 range you'd really see the market expand I think.
They say it's going to support mobipocket soon, and that would be a good step forward.
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Yep, it's just a [not?] rebranded V3.
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Old 05-09-2008, 12:25 PM   #9
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More sellers means that many more steps toward economies of scale kicking in on the displays and bringing the cost of making them down, so that the prices will drop too. So yeah, I may not be excited about this particular device, but I am encouraged to see another device, even if it's just rebranded.

When I think that just two years ago e-ink readers were still just so much vaporware ....
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Old 05-09-2008, 12:43 PM   #10
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Is this an eInk device? The description says "It features a 6-inch reflective screen" - that, to me, suggests LCD.
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Old 05-09-2008, 12:58 PM   #11
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Is this an eInk device? The description says "It features a 6-inch reflective screen" - that, to me, suggests LCD.
Looks like the Hanlin V3 to me.
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Old 05-09-2008, 01:02 PM   #12
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its eInk and its 330€, compared to the new iliad book edition, I'd gladly pay the 170€ extra to get so much more than that.

Otherwise nothing revolutionary to the market, compared to the current market.

However it got an SD card slot, something iRex doesn't give us

And the BEBOOK page says it includes a paper user manual with it, thats so paradox...

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A Netherlands company is putting out a 6" e-ink reader called BEBOOK.

http://mybebook.com/index.html
So, from reading this site, a couple of noteable things:

1. It states you can install any TrueType font... so thats cool. But only 3 size levels.
2. It supports up to 4GB memory cards.
3. "Future" support for Mobireader. Of course, when is important?
4. It doesn't mention dictionary support.
5. It seems to have a page indicator.
6. Can you only turn the pages with the buttons on the left?
7. €329 ($508) seems like alot... $200 more than a Sony and basically the same features (or less) from some obscure Dutch company... at least obscure to me.

Yes, it is nice to have more of these devices in the market... less chicken/egg arguments from book publishers.

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Old 05-09-2008, 03:18 PM   #15
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quite true. (come on Astak, hurry up !)
Is this part of that worldwide Netronix/PVI/"Your national distributor here" thing that seems to be going on?

If so, it is much more expensive than the 6" version that Astak says it will have.
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