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Old 04-21-2009, 02:17 PM   #1
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Endless Ideas announces 5" mini-BeBook

Endless Ideas, the Netherlands-based company behind the BeBook ereader, announced a 5" mini-BeBook with SD card slot today. The company made this announcement through their Twitter account. Unfortunately, no further details have been disclosed yet.

The 5" ereader could be a 'little brother' of the 6" BeBook 2, that was announced earlier this year. It is not clear whether the 5" model will feature an eInk screen - like the BeBook 2 - or if the mini-Bebook will be equiped with 3G support and/or wifi.


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I'd be interested in an ebook reader that uses eInk and is small enough to put in my pocket. A 5" diagonal screen with a small border would be around the size of an iPhone, so that would be perfect. I look forward to seeing what this one looks like.
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I'd be interested in an ebook reader that uses eInk and is small enough to put in my pocket. A 5" diagonal screen with a small border would be around the size of an iPhone, so that would be perfect. I look forward to seeing what this one looks like.
I seriously doubt a 5" screen device can ever be around the size of a 3.5" iPhone screen device.

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A 5" inch diagonal is 2"x3"
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A 5" inch diagonal is 2"x3"
It is 3" by 4", see Vizplex: High Resolution Active Matrix Displays.
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On what planet? 2x2 + 3x3 = 13. The square root of 13 is not 5. It is not even 4. The square root of 25 is 5. Go back to school and learn some basic math. A 5" diagonal is 3" x 4" and the iPhone is only 2.4" wide.

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Old 04-21-2009, 03:42 PM   #7
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Ooops, sorry it's 3x4. That's what I get for using memory instead of actually doing the math.
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Ooops, sorry it's 3x4. That's what I get for using memory instead of actually doing the math.
Know your Pythagoras! 3/4/5 triangles are one of the easier ones

3x4 is, what, the size of a postcard?
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But perhaps we could have a different aspect ratio.

The ISO paper sizes have a ratio of 1:1.414

So a five inch diagonal would have a width of 2.89 inches and a height of 4.08 inches.

Or a 'widescreen' 9:16 ratio, giving width of 2.45 inches and a height of 4.36 inches.


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3x4 is, what, the size of a postcard?
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The Iphone screen is 3.5" diagonal, so much smaller than this device.
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In another twit of about 4 hours ago, they said something about breaking the 200 Dollars/Euros barrier.
This could make the device very interesting, if it would really be an e-ink based reader.
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It would definitely get more people interested in checking out eBook Readers. The price has always been a stumbling block for my friends who don't read as voraciously as I do.
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at this rate i believe someones going to break the $100 barrier just before xmas
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For me, the form factor is more intriguing than the bargain price...if it really turns out to be pocketable that would be awesome.
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Old 04-23-2009, 12:36 PM   #15
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It doesn't look like its pocketable (at least not comfortably). I screwed up -- very embarassing.
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