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Old 10-18-2016, 03:53 PM   #1
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Bookeen announces two new ebook readers

As reported by The Digital Reader, Bookeen have announced two new ebook readers:

* Muse Light: 166pi (600x800) Carta screen with frontlight, 4GB, microSD and wifi for €89.90
* Muse HD: 300ppi (1072x1448) Carta screen with frontlight, 8GB, microSD and wifi for €129.90

See also the Bookeen blog announcement

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Old 10-19-2016, 02:16 PM   #2
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* Muse HD: 300ppi (1072x1448) Carta screen with frontlight, 8GB, microSD and wifi for €129.90
Overall dimensions are 116 x 155 x 8 mm.
Screen size is roughly 90 x 120 mm

Seems to me to bit a bit too small for comfortable reading.

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Old 10-19-2016, 02:48 PM   #3
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Old 10-19-2016, 03:21 PM   #4
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Old 10-19-2016, 04:32 PM   #5
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I wish they were offered in the US. A lower cost device with carta and lighting seems like a good idea.
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Old 10-19-2016, 04:34 PM   #6
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No reason you can't buy one if you want one. I've owned a few Bookeen readers over the years, all bought direct from their online store.
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No reason you can't buy one if you want one. I've owned a few Bookeen readers over the years, all bought direct from their online store.
They don't ship to the US anymore from what I'm seeing in the store checkout.
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They don't ship to the US anymore from what I'm seeing in the store checkout.
Thanks. Seems a rather odd restriction.
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Thanks. Seems a rather odd restriction.
Back before I decided on the H2O, I was looking at Bookeen and there was no way I could get one sent to the US.
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The support page says they ship to 'most countries worldwide' and you can send them an email if your country is not on the pulldown list.

Haven't tried it, though.
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No reason you can't buy one if you want one. I've owned a few Bookeen readers over the years, all bought direct from their online store.
How is Bokeen support nowadays? I don't know if support has improved, but in the beginning of 2008, it was atrocious. In 2007, I bought the Gen3, and needed assistance in the beginning of 2008.

I had the reader connected to my computer, and wanted to format a flash card (or USB-stick; I don't remember). Accidentally, I formatted the internal memory of the e-reader, which had the firmware installed there as well as the books. The thing wouldn't boot anymore, obviously.

I've mailed Bokeen several times, on several e-mail addresses, and never, ever got a response. The store just referred me with "We don't know how to fix this" back to Bokeen.

It's actually the reason for registering at Mobileread. After receiving a zip-file with the firmware from one of the members here, I recovered the reader, and then sold it ASAP. (edit: including the zip-file and the instructions on how to recover if need be.)

Because there actually weren't any books available that I wanted to read, and because of the bad support, I waited until the end of 2011 (when the KTouch was released) to get back into e-reading. At that time, the 2010 e-book boom had happened, and Calibre had matured a lot, and I never looked back since.

Because of this experience, I would be hesitant to order another Bokeen reader... and also because of the fact that they are sold almost nowhere in the Netherlands.

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Oh, absolutely. Bookeen's support used to be absolutely dire. There used to be a running joke in the Bookeen forum here at MR that when Bookeen promised a bug fix "on Monday", they meant "the second Monday of the week". Endless delivery promises broken.

It's years since I've owned a Bookeen reader, though (my last one was the Opus) and I've no idea if they're better now. Perhaps a more recent owner could comment?
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It appears from their website that they do not have an English dictionary. Any existing Bookeen users may be able to confirm if that seems correct.
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With the reports of lighting/gradients problems, and Kobo's battery problems, I'd be hesitant to buy online (unless I can get it through Amazon Prime).
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Bookeen is the brand I always wanted to buy, ever since the Cybook Opus. Its design was perfect when it first was released. But I never actually bought any Bookeen readers.

I will buy a Muse HD this time, this time I will surely import it. It is perfect for me with buttons and cards.
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