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Old 03-06-2009, 04:01 AM   #1
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Exclusive: BeBook 2 unveiled

We've just gotten our hands on a picture showing off the upcoming BeBook 2 e-reader. The reader - which features WiFi and/or 3G connectivity, touchscreen navigation, and ePub support - will be showcased to the world at the CeBIT fair today. If you happen to be there, make sure to snap some juicy photos for us (Berlin room, ground floor of the exhibition center, opposite of hall 6). We'll much appreciated it.
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Old 03-06-2009, 07:04 AM   #2
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Old 03-06-2009, 07:11 AM   #3
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wow, they completely redid the hardware ! looks much cleaner than the last version. it will be really interesting to see the software and the screen quality, and hear the price. looks like a really nice new model !
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Old 03-06-2009, 07:49 AM   #4
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Old 03-06-2009, 09:28 AM   #5
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Old 03-06-2009, 09:48 AM   #6
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I tried to decipher what is written on the sample screen. Some interesting bits:

- "BeBook supports the most ebook formats from pdf, mobi, lit, epub, doc, html, txt, prc, fb2, jpg files to over 300,000 of *free* rss newsfeeds."

- "No shopping limitations: buy or download books, news or magazines anywhere (anywhere!) and read them on your Bebook!"

- "512MB internal memory and SD card slot"

- "open software standard (lifetime firmware updates are free!)"
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Old 03-06-2009, 09:52 AM   #7
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Still a 6" screen?
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Old 03-06-2009, 10:21 AM   #8
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I can't wait to find out more. I'm on the verge of buying the current 'old' model - do I really need the extra features? 3G might be nice, but can I actually use it for something in Denmark? What if the price drops on the old model? When will it be out and what will the price be? So many questions... Ah, well, I must hold out a little longer.
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Old 03-06-2009, 10:25 AM   #9
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I was hoping for a bigger screen...

But I like the design.
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Old 03-06-2009, 10:29 AM   #10
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I've given them a short visit and talked a little with their CEO. Unfortunately he didn't allow me to take pictures... He basically confirmed things already leaking out:
  • 6 inch screen, e-Ink (of course)
  • ePub and PDF (both with and without DRM). I didn't ask for other formats, but IIRC the home screen also listed files in other formats
  • Touchscreen (one you can use with your fingers. Looks like the same one from the PRS-700. Screen contrast is suffering a little...)
  • Built-in 3G connection. WiFi is only available over an addon SD card (which will also be supported by the BeBook 1 anytime soon)
  • They're currently developing an OTA bookstore for the device. You will be able to shop for DRMed ePub books over 3G connection. (They won't integrate with other bookstores like Lexcycle does but are negotiating with publishers directly)
  • Built-in web browser
  • RSS support
I've also asked them about some possible integration with Feedbooks ("the French guys" as he called them ), but it looks like they're not planning anything on that. You could of course use the browser and download Feedbooks.com content from there.
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Old 03-06-2009, 11:08 AM   #11
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That touch screen looks a lot whiter and crisper than my PRS700, are you sure the contrast isn't so good? Maybe it's the side-lighting on the 700 that causes the degradation.

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Old 03-06-2009, 11:08 AM   #12
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Thanks for the heads-up, Thomas. Why would they not want to have pictures taken if it's on display anyhow? Doesn't make sense.
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Old 03-06-2009, 11:22 AM   #13
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That touch screen looks a lot whiter and crisper than my PRS700, are you sure the contrast isn't so good? Maybe it's the side-lighting on the 700 that causes the degradation.

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It is definitely better than the 700. The contrast is slightly less that a unit without touch screen but the sharpness is the same and unless you set two devices side by side you would never notice. The screen surface is the same, non-reflective as before. The surface allows full writing on it, scribbles and responsiveness is reasonable. It is a resistive touch screen. I have seen it, by the way.

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Old 03-06-2009, 11:28 AM   #14
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It is definitely better than the 700. The contrast is slightly less that a unit without touch screen but the sharpness is the same and unless you set two devices side by side you would never notice. The screen surface is the same, non-reflective as before. The surface allows full writing on it, scribbles and responsiveness is reasonable. It is a resistive touch screen. I have seen it, by the way.

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Thanks Dale.
Plus note taking with a stylus. Sounds promising, and sounds like they've been listening to consumers.
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Do I take it this is a completely new product built by Bebook, rather than a re-badging of someone else's design?
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