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Old 07-30-2010, 08:51 PM   #1
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I took a trip to the wonderful world of Kmart, and this is what I found.

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From www.augenus.com

Product Features
• Wi-Fi Connectivity with Basic Web Browsing Capability
• Built-In Speaker
• E-Book Conversion & Content Management Software
•Content Provider Partner “ebooksmedia.com” with DRM/SDK9 License
• MP3/MP4 & Video Player
• 2GB Internal Memory Stores up to 1,500 eBooks
• Standard SD Card Slot Expandable up to 32GB
• Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
•Read in Landscape or Portrait View (It has a 4 way accelerometer)

Accessories Included

• User manual
•Leather Carrying Case
•USB Cable (for data transfer only)
• UL Certified AC Adapter


Their website says -
Adjustable Text Size
Increase the text size of your favorite book or periodical with the push of a button. TheBook™ has four adjustable font sizes to suit your reading preference.


But you also have a selection of font too. And that’s VERY important because of the low resolution, you will need to adjust the font and font size. In the end I was able to find a good enough combination that I liked.

I wasn't expecting much, but I was surprised. I'll have to load up a SD card and go back.

The selection of ebooks in "TheBook" varied from horrible to good formatting.

The cover on in the unopened box was VERY nice. Not at all like the one on the Kmart web site.

I had very little time to look at it before I had to go, but I just may buy one this weekend.

Great reader - No.

Good enough for a second reader or to give to someone as a first reader to see if they like reading ebooks - yes.

Yes, a lot of people will start yelling how it's bla, bla, bla, bla, bla.

But for only $100 it just may be the right reader for some.

I'll have to think about it tonight and load up a SD card.
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Old 07-30-2010, 08:57 PM   #2
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I was looking at their website yesterday, thinking the same thing. I do like the formats it reads, and was thinking this might be suitable for my mother in law.
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Old 07-30-2010, 09:05 PM   #3
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Old 07-30-2010, 09:42 PM   #4
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Thanks, Xanthe. That was a little bit more than I could do with it out of the box.

The CPU is only 400mhz so you can't expect too much from it. As far as reading goes it's fast enough. If you push the on/off button it seems to go to sleep because it only takes about 1 to 1 1/2 seconds to turn back on. When it turns back on it's right where you left off reading.

The speaker on the back can't really be used for much, but what can you expect from such a tiny thing?

Text to voice was surprisingly good.

It will zoom in/out so I need to see how it handles technical PDFs.

The cover in the video was the same one I saw in Kmart. Not good enough to stand on, but more than enough to toss in a kids backpack for school. In fact it’s a lot better than the one I bought.

I paid a lot for my ereader. Too much to take to work. This might be good enough for work. Not to mention kids of all ages.
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I didn't see anything in this review that made me want one. If the review is accurate it seems like it does a number of things but none of them very well.
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The only ones I see are selling for $169.00...not $99.00.
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The only ones I see are selling for $169.00...not $99.00.
Click on Kmart in blue.

>>> Kmart
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Old 07-30-2010, 11:20 PM   #8
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I didn't see anything in this review that made me want one. If the review is accurate it seems like it does a number of things but none of them very well.
It's not really a review. I only had 10 or 15 minutes to look at it in the store.

It's more of a notice to anyone thinking of getting a cheap reader. Or perhaps a second reader.

I must carry a fair amount of very technical references with me for work. This is cheap enough to take with me without fear of damage or loss.

Of course it isn't for everybody. No one reader is. But even a paper reader is good enough for some.
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If you put Augen in the search box of this forum, you'll see there has been much talk. Fresh from Kmart doesn't work with DRM, but a firmware upgrade fixes that, but then auto rotate messes up (landscape is upside down, though portrait is fine).

I love mine and have been reading every day on it.
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If you put Augen in the search box of this forum, you'll see there has been much talk. Fresh from Kmart doesn't work with DRM, but a firmware upgrade fixes that, but then auto rotate messes up (landscape is upside down, though portrait is fine).

I love mine and have been reading every day on it.

$150 7-inch Android tablet from Augen, coming soon

That was the one that caught my interest. But actually seeing "TheBook" (how original is that ) in the store for only $100 surprised me. What it does for that price will fill the need for some people. Perfect - no. Good enough - yes.


By the way, both sites crow about how well it works with DRM!

Strangely Kmart says -
"It is Adobe DRM licensed for downloading capability from any source including Amazon, Kobo Books, Barnes and Noble and many others!"

And Augen -
"DRM: “Digital Rights Management

"A security software similar to MP3 anti-privacy software which protects authors and their publishers against their works being copied. The various web sites use different security formats and TheBook™ by Augen supports all formats for ease of downloads. DRM/SDK9 software included!"

That DRM stuff sure sounds great. Can we get us some too Paw?


They must really be working on it's continual development. The one in the store did stuff that wasn't mentioned on their own web site.


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PS - Thanks VentureForth. I did search MR for Augen and found a ton of stuff. I guess that until I actually saw one in person I simply didn't SEE it. That's what I get for being an eInk snob.
Thanks, Lastblade. I didn't notice until you told me.
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