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Old 01-22-2007, 06:24 AM   #1
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PVI to release e-book reader in partnership with Les Echos

Prime View International (PVI), the Taiwanese company who has been pumping E Ink displays out in volumes for the Sony Reader & co, is said to release its own e-book reader in partnership with the French daily Les Echos this spring. According to this news, PVI's reader will not only feature an E Ink screen (no details about size), but also Bluetooth, WiFi, and GPRS connectivity. It will cost around 500 Euro and comes with a year's subscription of the digital edition of Les Echos.

My college French is pretty rusty, but Babelfish did a nice translation.

Thanks Tadw for the tip!
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Old 01-22-2007, 08:24 AM   #2
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Old 01-22-2007, 09:17 AM   #3
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Almost 5 years after the false start from Cytale and its Cybook, more news are coming about e-ink. Presented for the first time in March 2006, the e-ink version of Les Echos (a french newspaper, mostly about economy) should be released in Spring 2007.

"This version of Les Echos will give access to content from the newspaper, the website, stock exchange rates, a lexicon and podcasts. We'll be ready in April, maybe March." said Philippe Jeannet, responsible for the electronic editions of the newspaper, during Intergraphic.

After a few test with devices such as the Sony Reader and the iRex iLiad, Les Echos finally chose the chinese company, PVI, whose player is also equipped with an e-ink screen. "Our device will support Bluetooth, Wifi and GPRS connections. There's 2 batteries ready for the device, one for the connection, the other one for the screen with an estimated 8500 pages turns. " explained Philippe Jeannet.

Although Les Echos will have ads in this e-ink version, the economic model will be based around subscription. It should retail with a PVI device and a single year of subscription for 500€, but they're also working on a way to deliver this edition without selling the device or for those who already own such a device. "It's a great offer for everyone. The device will cost almost nothing for our subscribers who already have to pay 416€ for a full year of subscription, and the editor won't have to pay anymore the 55 cents cost of printing and delivering the newspaper."

Les Echos could work in the future with other newspapers to deliver their content for e-ink devices. According to our intel, there's still some ongoing talks with Sony and Amazon too.

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Old 01-22-2007, 09:39 AM   #4
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Ok, good pricing model at 500€ for unit and a one year subscription compared to a paper annual subscription of 416€, but I wonder what happens in the second year?
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Old 01-22-2007, 10:35 AM   #5
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Well I guess that some math should do the work... 416€ (subscription) - (55cents (cost of each newspaper) * # of issues for a year)
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Old 01-23-2007, 03:26 AM   #6
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By the photo, I believe the Bookeen, STAReBOOK, and this Les Echos use similar OEM module.
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Old 02-02-2007, 07:12 AM   #7
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Misunderstanding...

My company, Tebaldo, is managing Les Echos project through Ganaxa, a development company based in France. If it is true that we consider using their display for our device, PVI is NOT releasing its own e-book reader. I think you have to modify your news. I will inform Clubic, too, even it is not exactly what they said in French.
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Welcome on board, Bruno... glad you joined us!

Can you tell us a little bit more about the project?
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Old 02-02-2007, 08:35 PM   #9
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My company, Tebaldo, is managing Les Echos project through Ganaxa, a development company based in France. If it is true that we consider using their display for our device, PVI is NOT releasing its own e-book reader. I think you have to modify your news. I will inform Clubic, too, even it is not exactly what they said in French.
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This means I'm not the only french guy around here... Bienvenue Bruno, je te conseille d'aller faire un tour sur l'url de ma signature aussi, on travaille sur tout ce qui est mise à disposition de contenu pour les readers e-ink.
So, Les Echos would use the technology, but PVI is not releasing any device, just selling the screen for such a device is that right ? This is quite different from what Clubic said indeed...
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Old 02-03-2007, 01:50 PM   #10
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Aurais-tu une url pour des bouquins plus récents? Et saurais-tu s'il y a des maisons d'éditions qui publient directement en versions e?
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Merci pour le tuyau! Je n'avais même pas remarqué ta signature.
Aurais-tu une url pour des bouquins plus récents? Et saurais-tu s'il y a des maisons d'éditions qui publient directement en versions e?
Pour des e-books en français, il y a des confrères de Montréal pour toi qui font un bon boulot: http://ebooksgratuits.com/index.php
Je suis entré un peu en contact avec eux et je vais travailler à mettre à disposition ce qu'ils font dans un format adapté aux lecteurs e-ink sur Feedbooks.
Pour des choses plus récentes, à part le lot habituel de livres sous Creative Common, je ne connais pas spécialement de maisons d'éditions publiant directement en e-book et surtout pas du tout pour les lecteurs e-ink. Cela va surement bouger vu que visiblement la France fait preuve d'un certain dynamisme à cet égard avec entre autre le cas de l'édition numérique de Les échos ou la technologie Nemoptic aussi (dans les directives de l'ANR et d'autres choses touchant à la recherche il y a une forte demande quand à la numérisation des oeuvres aussi par exemple).
Sinon on murmure l'arrivée du Sony PRS-500 vers cet été en Europe, dans ce cas là, des accords avec des maisons d'éditions seront surement signés pour le Sony Connect Store vu que c'est un préalable à l'arrivée de Sony sur un nouveau marché.
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Les Echos and French publishers

Sorry, we are a little busy those days. I will get back with some news on what is done (readers and contents) with a number of French publishers and press groups.
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Sorry, we are a little busy those days. I will get back with some news on what is done (readers and contents) with a number of French publishers and press groups.
Sounds great. Also feel free to contact us directly if that's easier for you.
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They opened the subscriptions for Les Echos: http://www.lesechos.fr/epaper/inscription.htm

There's 3 different choices:
- Les Echos + STAReREAD = 600€
- Les Echos + iLiad = 700€
- Les Echos for the PRS-500 or iLiad = 365€

They will offer a few e-books too from Nathan and M21. M21 is the editor that published Gutenberg2.0 using Mobipocket and did a demo on the iLiad during Le Salon du Livre. Does it mean that all of these books will be available on Mobipocket and that the STAReREAD from Les Echos will support this format ? We're currently lacking information from Les Echos but they will start selling these devices in a few days. We can expect additional informations real soon.
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Do you know if those prices include the devices too? Seems a bit high if it doesn't ....
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