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Old 12-04-2009, 02:33 PM   #1
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Pocketbook 901 announced

Claimed to be "the world's first electronic textbook".
Google does a passable translation, but here I translated some key points myself:
  1. developed in cooperation with the leading textbook publishers [of Ukraine?]
  2. 9.7" plastic E-Ink screen. [according to the company, plastic screens are not available in volume just yet, so the first limited batches will have glass screens]
  3. custom software that not only includes traditional search, TOC, bookmarks and notes but also has a hyperlink feature that allows to revisit key points of the previously studied text without closing the current view [some kind of a split view?]
  4. size 24,02×18,07×1,1 cm, weight 350g.
  5. native support for 16 file formats
  6. 10000 pages on single charge
  7. SD card slot
  8. ABBYY Lingvo dictionaries [ABBYY is the leading electronic dictionary provider in Russia and ex-USSR]
To be available in Q1 2010.

Via the-ebook.org.
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Old 12-04-2009, 02:39 PM   #2
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Intersting for sure.

How do you takes note ? is the screen tactile ?
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Old 12-04-2009, 02:43 PM   #3
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it will probably share the same netronix platform with many other devices - but the pocketbook firmware is very polished and functional. I'm judging from my 301+
the kiev developers have a busy forum in russian proactively collecting feedback from users and issuing updated versions of firmware once every couple of months
shame about the glass screen though, I've already sat on mine once and had to pay 150 bucks for a replacement
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Old 12-04-2009, 02:48 PM   #4
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Yeap, i'll probably wait until plastic if i deside myself for one of these.
Shipping cost to ukraine would hurt.
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Old 12-04-2009, 02:49 PM   #5
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Ah. Nice.

Since we don't have the Kindle DX here in Europe yet and Plastic Logic won't tell us at least until the Que proReader presentation at CES if they will deliver to the european market from the start on this could be an interesting alternative.
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Yeap, i'll probably wait until plastic if i deside myself for one of these.
Shipping cost to ukraine would hurt.
I bet Forkosigan will bring it to Europe! I would wait for the plastic substrate, too!
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I bet Forkosigan will bring it to Europe! I would wait for the plastic substrate, too!
Yeah, buying it soudn't be a problem for european, but support would still requiers sending it back to ukraine. (Though hopefully, you shoudn't need that.)
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Strange! Seems to have no touchscreen, although Netronix carries it as having one! Maybe the touchscreen wouldn't work well enough so they canned it!
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This is the first model in the 9" range, aimed specifically at the education market and developed to be cheap and light. Thus no touchscreen, wireless and so on. The 902 will be marketed for B2B segment and will have all the bells and whistles.
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Yeah, buying it soudn't be a problem for european, but support would still requiers sending it back to ukraine. (Though hopefully, you shoudn't need that.)
They have service centres in several former soviet capitals, including Moscow, and there's one in Israel too. I'm sure if they decide to market it in Europe they will have to open a few centres there as well
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This is the first model in the 9" range, aimed specifically at the education market and developed to be cheap and light. Thus no touchscreen, wireless and so on. The 902 will be marketed for B2B segment and will have all the bells and whistles.
B2B segment ?
Yeah, the tactile one is what i need, as tactile, or a keyboard à la kindle, seams to be the only decent way for notes.
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Very nice indeed - if plastic eInk-Screens become available we will see a lot of larger devices these days
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Woh that's a big one! Plastic screen is hopefully not too fragile. A very nice alternative for regions without DX or people who just hate Amazon.

Again, though, the case looks like it was designed in the 80s. Why don't these companies hire some talented hardware designers who also value aesthetics.
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Woh that's a big one! Plastic screen is hopefully not too fragile. A very nice alternative for regions without DX or people who just hate Amazon.

Again, though, the case looks like it was designed in the 80s. Why don't these companies hire some talented hardware designers who also value aesthetics.
I agree. It's fugly, honestly!
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