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Old 07-31-2008, 05:35 AM   #1
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NAEB closing doors / stops selling Cybook devices

Visit the NAEB store and you'll notice a sign saying that it has been closed. Via TeleRead we found the following explanation, directly from Derek Benner over at Baen's Bar:

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Nothing like negotiations is going on. We're closed. (I guess we couldn't keep it quiet much longer.) The last units of this shipment have shipped and we're going out of business. We didn't get *NEAR* the price break we would have needed to stay in business. *I* would like to stay open and order Jinke V3 or Netronix EB-600 units, but the consensus is 'no'. Of course, if you, the customers want us to stay open and sell the other devices, you should let us know - because we'd have to work something up. (And yes, having invested so much of my desire and energy into this, I'm perfectly willing to keep going even if the others aren't.)

But at this time, we're going through the process of shutting down.

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Old 07-31-2008, 06:03 AM   #2
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That's very sad news. I'd like to publically thank Derek and all the others involved for the huge amount of hard work they put into this. I know that many people (myself included) will be very sorry to hear this news.
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Wow that would make me their last official buyer because, as far as I Know, I have ordered #60 of the last batch.

But truly this is sad news. Everybody involved thanks for everything and all the best in the future.

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In my opinion the fact that you didn't get *NEAR* the price break you would have needed to stay in business is basically due to the fact that you're dealing with a European firm. The euro/dollar conversion is at such a rate that European products are far to expensive in America at the moment.

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Old 07-31-2008, 11:33 AM   #4
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Visit the NAEB store and you'll notice a sign saying that it has been closed. Via TeleRead we found the following explanation, directly from Derek Benner over at Bean's Bar:
Got no problem with what you've posted except that it is NOT "Bean's Bar" but BAEN'S Bar as it is a forum hosted by Baen Books. (Named after Jim Baen- RIP)

I, personally, would love to try to resurrect NAEB, but if I do it'll probably go with the Jinke V3 as we just couldn't get the volume discounts we needed with the Cybook.

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Old 07-31-2008, 02:22 PM   #5
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Ahhh yes, thank you.
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Old 07-31-2008, 03:17 PM   #6
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Wow that would make me their last official buyer because, as far as I Know, I have ordered #60 of the last batch.

But truly this is sad news. Everybody involved thanks for everything and all the best in the future.

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In my opinion the fact that you didn't get *NEAR* the price break you would have needed to stay in business is basically due to the fact that you're dealing with a European firm. The euro/dollar conversion is at such a rate that European products are far to expensive in America at the moment.
My personal opinion is that we got the price break that Bookeen could afford and it was up to us to price the units high enough to make any sort of profit. We didn't. Silly us.

If I could, I'd resurrect NAEB but I'd sell Jinke V3 units and I'd include SD cards loaded with OI to supplement the - growing better with every update - installed firmware. Anyone interested?

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Old 07-31-2008, 04:48 PM   #7
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Just a quick note to say I'm sorry to hear that NAEB's (maybe) shutting down. I purchased one of the Cybooks through NAEB and have been VERY happy with my purchase. I certainly understand the reasons for shutting down. Thanks for what you guys have done, I'm benefiting from it every day.
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Old 07-31-2008, 06:03 PM   #8
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My personal opinion is that we got the price break that Bookeen could afford and it was up to us to price the units high enough to make any sort of profit. We didn't. Silly us.

If I could, I'd resurrect NAEB but I'd sell Jinke V3 units and I'd include SD cards loaded with OI to supplement the - growing better with every update - installed firmware. Anyone interested?

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Yes I will purchase the first one and one each of the others you have mentioned you might sell.
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Old 07-31-2008, 06:40 PM   #9
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Yes I will purchase the first one and one each of the others you have mentioned you might sell.
Thanks for your support. I guess I better go make it happen then, yes?

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Old 07-31-2008, 08:24 PM   #10
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Thanks to NAEB I got my Cybook, and I am very happy with the experience. In all my dealings with NAEB and their front man Derek, I always got the feeling that I was a valued customer. I felt they took my interest at heart. It was a bumpy road for those like me who were in the initial order, we almost all had a heart attack when the "Credit card" thing happened and nearly stopped the experience right there. But they finally came through and we got our wonderful machines.

Thanks for all your hard work Derek and the same goes for all the members of your team.


Hope you are successful in your future business projects!

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Old 07-31-2008, 09:41 PM   #11
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Yes, thanks, to all folk involved with NAEB. I came in towards the end of the first group of orders and was very happy with the whole process. I've had no serious problems with the Cybook, and enjoy it every day. Good wishes for any other project you undertake!

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Old 08-01-2008, 12:53 AM   #12
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I, also, was a member of the first purchasing group. I have been very pleased with all my interactions with the NAEB team.

I'll be purchasing from Derek if he reopens NAEB, or any other ebook and peripherals online business.

Thank you to all who were involved with NAEB.

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Old 08-01-2008, 02:25 AM   #13
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It is a shock to me hearing the news. I just received the unit about 2 weeks ago.

As a buyer of the latest batch, NAEB's support has always been very good to me, and I would like to especially thank to Derek for his kindly support.

If NAEB is going to sell Netronix EB-600 in the future, I will order one with no doubt.

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If I could, I'd resurrect NAEB but I'd sell Jinke V3 units and I'd include SD cards loaded with OI to supplement the - growing better with every update - installed firmware. Anyone interested?

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Yes. I will be first in line to buy!

I've bought 2 Cybooks from NAEB, the first with the 538 build and the second in the last shipment. Great service and great price!!

I also ordered 3 extra Cybook cases from Bookeen last winter. They only sent one even though their email order confirmation clearly said 3 were bought, and it took some wrangling to get the others.

So NAEB is much better to deal with than Bookeen, IMHO.

Best of luck, Derek!!
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Old 08-03-2008, 11:17 PM   #15
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I'm truly sorry to hear the news NAEB closing down.

I just got my Cybook from NAEB and very satisfied with this ebook reader. Shame that I'm supposed to recommend this to some friends and now its out of reach because sadly NAEB is the only place I knew sells this amazing reader internationally.

Thank you NAEB for your effort and I really hope we still get other things amazing from you someday.
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