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Old 12-18-2008, 10:33 PM   #1
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Foxit eSlick, New eInk based reader for $229

As Foxit's first-generation e-book reader, eSlick is specially designed to support multiple formats and enables users to view various documents with ease. With the thickness of 0.4” (9.2 mm), the weight of 6.4 ounces(180g) and the introductory low price of $229.99($259.99 MSRP), the Foxit eSlick will become the ideal e-book reading device for users. This first edition will be available very soon. If you are looking for a high quality and low-cost e-book reader, the eSlick definitely is what you’re looking for. Click here to pre-order eSlick right now!

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Screen:6" E Ink® Vizplex screen 600 x 800 pixel resolution at 166 dpi, 4-level gray scale
Size: 7.4" x 4.7" x 0.4" (188×118×9.2mm)
Weight: 6.4 ounces (180g) battery included
Color: Black/Gray/White
Connectivity: USB2.0
Operating System: Embedded Linux
Supported Formats:
- eBook Formats: PDF, TXT, Any printable document(after converted to PDF using included software)
- Sound Formats: MP3
Internal Memory: 128MB
Storage Memory: SD Card (2GB included. Supports up to 4GB)
Included Software:
Foxit Reader Pro Pack ($39 license)
Foxit PDF Creator ($29 license)
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Old 12-18-2008, 10:44 PM   #2
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It may only be another rebranded Netronix OEM, but it is a cheap one. And I would bet that it will have the best PDF viewer. PDF is Foxit's specialty.
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Old 12-18-2008, 10:45 PM   #3
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Given Foxit's past focus on PDF technology, I wish they can finally make peace on portable pdf reading.
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Old 12-18-2008, 11:29 PM   #4
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Sucks about the whole "txt and pdf" formats only, though. Not exactly good times putting mobi or epub into pdf.
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Old 12-19-2008, 12:05 AM   #5
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OK... I take back what I said on the other thread. I didn't see this page. This is actually pretty cool. While I see no support for DRM I think for $229 this thing could be big.

Also... this so looks like the Newtronix (CyBook) OEM. If so, it will be able to run OpenInkpot which will add Mobi and FB2 support?

BTW: Jetbook uses the Foxit reader software on their device. Although they don't have the reflow text feature.

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PS: It comes with some software too. And I know Foxit has Mac and Linux versions of their stuff... so that could be really good news.
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Old 12-19-2008, 12:45 AM   #6
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Old 12-19-2008, 01:20 AM   #7
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OK... I take back what I said on the other thread. I didn't see this page. This is actually pretty cool. While I see no support for DRM I think for $229 this thing could be big.

Also... this so looks like the Newtronix (CyBook) OEM. If so, it will be able to run OpenInkpot which will add Mobi and FB2 support?

BTW: Jetbook uses the Foxit reader software on their device. Although they don't have the reflow text feature.

BOb

PS: It comes with some software too. And I know Foxit has Mac and Linux versions of their stuff... so that could be really good news.
Well, I have been using the pdf reader on the Jetbook, and it works rather well. Also, its not that hard to convert books to pdf... and if it does actually support reflowable PDF, well it will be even easier.

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Old 12-19-2008, 01:51 AM   #8
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I'm very curious to see how good the PDF support is, especially combined with the Foxit PDF creating software. Specifically, what it's like reformatting stuff like HTML, lit and lrf onto the device. It would be nice to be able to bulk convert.

So, who's up to buy and review one?
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Old 12-19-2008, 02:57 AM   #9
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As a recent joiner to the ebook world (Sony 505), I have seen both the potential and the limitations of these devices.

Lousy PDF support on the Sony device has certainly been a major downside.

I keep hearing how PDF documents are not meant for electronic readers, but the fact is that my iPaq device using Acrobat Reader 2.5 for Windows Mobile does very well with them, MUCH better than Sony.

If Foxit can do significantly better, than they have a future in this market. I'll look forward to see how this evolves.
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Old 12-19-2008, 04:06 AM   #10
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Hmm,

how likely will it be possible to put the Cybooks firmware on the foxit's reader?
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Old 12-19-2008, 05:47 AM   #11
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So, who's up to buy and review one?
You would have to wait another *at least* two months.
Even the pre-order page is not active at the moment. And they claim that they will not ship it for another 7 weeks.
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Old 12-19-2008, 08:37 AM   #12
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"designed to support multiple formats and enables users to view various documents with ease"

Then it turns out its TXT and PDF only. Well you can say, 2 is multiple.

Another case of false marketing.
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Old 12-19-2008, 10:47 AM   #13
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"designed to support multiple formats and enables users to view various documents with ease"
They are probably referring to the bundled Foxit PDF Creator which is "a virtual printer that allows any application with printing capability to generate high-quality PDF documents conveniently and efficiently". Windows only though.
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Old 12-19-2008, 10:49 AM   #14
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I don't understand the limitations of Adobe on eink devices (and why there is no iPhone Adobe app escapes me), but the real question is does the Foxit read Adobe DRM'ed books. I think any device on the market has to read at least one DRM'ed format in order for it to be viable.
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Old 12-19-2008, 10:59 AM   #15
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I like the name. eSlick. Makes it seem sexy. Maybe it will be interesting to a younger crowd, even though it is awfully ugly.
"What'd you get for Christmas?" asked Joshua.

"I got an eSlick," replied Cody.

"What's an eSlick?" asked Britney.

"It's cool, lookit this," answered Cody.

"Wow, that's hot!" reverbed Joshua and Cody.
And that's how eSlick became the most desired new electronic gadget at Dawson's Zipcode High School.
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