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Old 07-04-2009, 02:18 PM   #1
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Cybook Opus?

I see one of the few online shops that sell eBooks to us here in South Africa is offering the Cybook Opus on pre-order. The Cybook Gen 3 seems to be unavailable, and the only other alternative is the Bebook.

The Opus looks like an interesting device and I'm wondering if it would be worth it getting the Opus instead of the Gen 3. Anyone seen the Opus in real life? I know the Paris meetup will get a chance, so hopefully they can post some comments.
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I see one of the few online shops that sell eBooks to us here in South Africa is offering the Cybook Opus on pre-order. The Cybook Gen 3 seems to be unavailable, and the only other alternative is the Bebook.

The Opus looks like an interesting device and I'm wondering if it would be worth it getting the Opus instead of the Gen 3. Anyone seen the Opus in real life? I know the Paris meetup will get a chance, so hopefully they can post some comments.

We are all waiting with bated breath ....
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Old 07-05-2009, 03:01 AM   #3
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I certainly am! I've been checking mobileread and retailer websites for the past two months now. I'll be ordering one as soon as a Dutch retailer has them available.

I really, really hope they'll ship them next week. But who knows what they said at the French meetup...
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Old 07-05-2009, 03:23 AM   #4
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The first impressions on the Opus are discussed (in English) on the meetup thread on the French forum:
http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=50232

I thought it was very nice, very small and a nice shape. I was afraid the screen would be too small but it's actually only slightly less wide than the cybook's (and somewhat less high), so the length of a reading line is still good. It also supports automatic switching from portrait to landscape mode.

It does not support mobi, but epub (and html and txt and pdf? not sure about that).
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Thanks. I would never have thought to check in the French forums since my French is limited to 3 words!

It does sound encouraging, although I don't know about the ePub format. I already have quite a few .prc files. Wonder if it would be easy to convert them into ePub format.
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Thanks. I would never have thought to check in the French forums since my French is limited to 3 words!

It does sound encouraging, although I don't know about the ePub format. I already have quite a few .prc files. Wonder if it would be easy to convert them into ePub format.

calibre springs to mind ....
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Have been looking into it and it seems to be the solution to the problem. Guess that wouldn't stand in the way of getting the Opus then.
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Bear in mind, though, that the Opus does not have dictionary support, since it does not support MobiPocket. That, to me, is a very major "backwards step".
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Bear in mind, though, that the Opus does not have dictionary support, since it does not support MobiPocket. That, to me, is a very major "backwards step".

it doesn't, that is true - though there are attempts being made to remedy that I am sure ....
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Bear in mind, though, that the Opus does not have dictionary support, since it does not support MobiPocket. That, to me, is a very major "backwards step".
For me that isn't that big an issue. I'd just love to get my hands on an actual reader. My choices will limited to either the Cybook Gen 3 (64MB version if it ever becomes available), the Bebook 512MB version and the Cybook Opus (1GB).

The Opus looks like the cheapest option (US$380) when converted from my local currency. And hopefully it offers slightly newer or streamlined technology.
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For me that isn't that big an issue. I'd just love to get my hands on an actual reader. My choices will limited to either the Cybook Gen 3 (64MB version if it ever becomes available), the Bebook 512MB version and the Cybook Opus (1GB).

The Opus looks like the cheapest option (US$380) when converted from my local currency. And hopefully it offers slightly newer or streamlined technology.

possibly ... experience, though, suggests beware of unintentional 'bugs' ....
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For me that isn't that big an issue. I'd just love to get my hands on an actual reader. My choices will limited to either the Cybook Gen 3 (64MB version if it ever becomes available), the Bebook 512MB version and the Cybook Opus (1GB).

The Opus looks like the cheapest option (US$380) when converted from my local currency. And hopefully it offers slightly newer or streamlined technology.
The Gen3 is only available in 512MB. And it should be back shortly in the bookeen's store (as they sayed to us)
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The Gen3 is only available in 512MB. And it should be back shortly in the bookeen's store (as they sayed to us)
Actually the shop I would possibly buy from still had the older 64 MB version of the Gen 3.

If the 512MB version becomes available when the new stock arrives that will be a huge bonus and will make my choice between the Gen3 and Opus much more difficult.
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Must be a shop with very old stock - the 512MB Gen3 replaced the 64MB version in about May 2008.

I really would not buy the 64MB version. Not only does the 512MB version have 8x as much storage space, but it also has a much better-designed navigation control; the control on the 64MB model was very stiff to operate.
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Must be a shop with very old stock - the 512MB Gen3 replaced the 64MB version in about May 2008.

I really would not buy the 64MB version. Not only does the 512MB version have 8x as much storage space, but it also has a much better-designed navigation control; the control on the 64MB model was very stiff to operate.
That's why I'm holding out. By the end of the month I will hopefully have enough cash saved up to be able to buy a reader. Will have to wait and see if the Opus and the 512MB version is available by then. I did e-mail them and apparently the 512MB will be available "within a few weeks time" - but that was in the middle of June and it's still not shown.
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