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Old 06-09-2010, 07:57 PM   #1
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Pocketbook 901 is being released for schools (video)



It is launched targetted to be used by schools, colleges for about 350 US$ (probably lower when bought in bulk), it's a 9.7" e-ink screen. It does not have a touchscreen or Wifi, but a micro usb port and a sd card slot.

Source: http://armdevices.net/2010/06/03/poc...1-is-released/
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Old 06-10-2010, 03:19 AM   #2
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I could pay 350$ if it is great and they remove the bright colors on the buttons and make it in black...
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I could pay 350$ if it is great and they remove the bright colors on the buttons and make it in black...
The colorful buttons are just one pattern of three available. I don't know if they'll ship them in black though.
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Old 06-10-2010, 04:29 AM   #4
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Yes, the rainbow buttons are optional, I've been assured... phew
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Old 06-10-2010, 08:05 AM   #5
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Looks very nice, but it needs a "next page" button on the lower left side.
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Old 06-10-2010, 03:42 PM   #6
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Looks very nice, but it needs a "next page" button on the lower left side.
Pocketbook firmware currently allows you to define button functions at will.
If the 901 stays with the existing software platform, you can rotate it and move it wherever you want.

Oh, and early prototype pictures featured a black model with black buttons.
Color buttons make plenty of sense for a K-12 product, though.
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Old 06-11-2010, 07:54 AM   #7
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... you can rotate it and move it wherever you want.

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That would work for me... But I think I would still prefer one nice physical button in the lower left, I primarily would want the reader for sequential reading (I may not be the target market).
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Old 06-11-2010, 08:01 AM   #8
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The dudes who made this obviously all never went to school, because I see no mention of PDF support or annotation capability.
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Old 06-11-2010, 08:07 AM   #9
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The dudes who made this obviously all never went to school, because I see no mention of PDF support or annotation capability.
The Pocketbook series of electronic readers are well known for their PDF support including clipping ability, search, dictionary look up, full zoom and reflow. The touch screen models support handwriting annotation.

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Old 06-11-2010, 08:12 AM   #10
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The Pocketbook series of electronic readers are well known for their PDF support including clipping ability, search, dictionary look up, full zoom and reflow. The touch screen models support handwriting annotation.

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Then their marketing/PR department needs to be fired. But, I am excited about the device if this is true.
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Old 06-11-2010, 08:19 AM   #11
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Go on the Pocketbook website. The PDF support is well known. Just because it wasn't mentioned in a random video taken by a random person isn't a marketing fail.
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No mention of pen support on the pocketbook 360 website.

Every single pen-supported e-reader that I know of has the pen front and center in the demo because it is a Big Deal. The fact that there's no mention of pen anywhere on released specs and no pen in the demo makes it quite reasonable to assume there's no such support. Marketing fail is far less likely than it's simply not a feature.

Oh well, I guess there's always the 9" Boox some time in the distant future in a galaxy far far away.

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No mention of pen support on the pocketbook 360 website.
The Pocketbook 360 site makes no mention of pen support because there is none. The Pocketbook 302, however, has pen support. The upcoming 602 has Wacom pen support.

Similarly, the 901 makes no mention of pen support because it doesn't have it. You did see the part about K-12 market, right?

Shortly after the 901 releases they intend to release a 903 model *with* pen support.

It seems Pocketbook Global believes not everybody wants touchscreens on their readers and allow both options. One size does NOT fit all.
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Fingersmudge!... I don't like touchscreens =P

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Old 07-05-2010, 06:01 PM   #15
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Nice...another large-screen reader. After the QUE and Skiff fallout, this could be a nice addition to the market and give the DX some company
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