From the monthly archives:

September 2008

Cybook Gen3 Ebook Reader review

by Ebook Doctor on September 21, 2008

cybook gen3 ebook reader

cybook gen3 ebook reader

Cybooks electronic book, the Gen3, is a quite easy to read and convenient device which is light-weight, fully portable and ultra thin. Its screen minimizes eye-strain due to the paper like display it features, fully capable of operating well under an array of lighting conditions whilst not producing glare of flicker. It also boasts:

• A Vizplex E-Ink six-inch screen. The Vizplex features better screen contrast than E-Ink technology that is old and possibly outdated.

• A total weight of 6.13oz. In fact, Sony’s new Reader PRS-505 weighs three ounces more.
• 8,000 page flip battery life between needed changes.
• eNews and RSS feed reading capability.

This device is quite capable of storing files which are supported by such formats as TXT, HTML, PalmDoc, PDF, and is able to download and store 1,000 Mobipocket supported eBooks. Using this encrypted scheme provides Cybook users access to volumes of copyrighted eBooks, one of the worlds largest catalogues indeed. Due to their Electronic Ink Displays, Cybooks have a quite impressive battery life cycle which lasts around 2 months under average conditions. And the Cybooks highly responsive and advanced user interface will allow you to perform a whole host of possible actions, all of which take less than a second to accomplish with the use of one navigation key and two buttons on the Cybooks front side.

This is a real player in this ebook race, and one which is made future proof with a range of innovative features not found elsewhere.



iLiad eBook Reader review

by Ebook Doctor on September 19, 2008

irex iliad ebook reader

irex iliad ebook reader

This eBook reader is produced by iRex, a Dutch company who aspires to be a true competitor with the likes of Sony and Kindle eBook readers. And because it boasts a notepad as well as being an eBook reader, iRex has possibly one-upped its competition with this offering. The iLiad also operates much like the Kindle or the Reader with its basic feature offerings, since the whole lot feature displays with core e-Ink technology. If you haven’t had the pleasure of experiencing a device with e-Ink, you must try and find one because its effect looks remarkably like text written on paper.

Similar to the three aforementioned eBook readers, this ereader takes roughly two seconds to turn pages, can set bookmarks, view books, text files, PDF files, JPGs, HTML documents, Mobilpocket eBooks and PNGs is no problem. Not to mention that battery life is very good as the iLiad only uses power when the e-Ink device and Wacom sensor need it.

And when looking for an eBook reader device that is full of options which will assist you when installing content into it, the iLiad is just what you’ve been searching for. In order to fill it you can to use Ethernet, USB, WiFi, Compact Flash cards, USB flash drives and SD cards as well. Unlike other ebook readers which only supports Mobipocket files only, this one supports a wide variety of formats. Of course, that isn’t a terrible drawback seeing as how Mobipockets main store provides customers with 40,000 titles.

Top Stuff!


Sony PRS-505/SC Reader Digital Book Review

by Ebook Doctor on September 18, 2008

sony prs 505 ebook reader

sony prs 505 ebook reader

How delightful would it be to have the capability to read your most favourite books-with the whole lot digitally stored on a compact device? The Sony PRS-505/SC Reader Digital Book, a redesigned and slimmer model, allows you to tote what was once a stack of books with one hand.

This sony ebook reader can hold roughly 160 eBooks whilst optional memory cards can store hundreds more. And thanks to its portable size that is about 1/3 of an inch thick and 9oz in weight, you are able to read through a vast library of books wherever and whenever you like. And as for battery life, it can support around 7500 continual page turns before needing to be changed.

Boasting cutting edge technology such as an amazing 6-inch display and e-Ink that is so paper like in its appearance that reading your books is enjoyable and easily accomplished even in the sunshine. It has a significant amount of internal memory and a slot where you can add or remove memory cards, making it perfect to take documents, Web content, etc., and read them while you are on the go. And thanks to its Integrated eBook Store, the Sony PRS-505 eBook reader let’s you browse, discover, search and even purchase thousands of popular, new and classic eBook titles. It is possible to visit other sites which offer unsecured eBook titles in Reader supported file formats, translating to vast amounts of suitable content to use in concert with your Reader.

And even though this device is called the Sony PRS-505/SC  Digital eBook reader doesn’t mean it can you can only read eBooks with it. In fact, using the Library 2.0 PC Software include with it gives you the ability to transfer Microsoft Word documents, PDF documents, BBeB Book as well as other text files right to your Reader, which provides you with the ability to view and access multiple files any time you like.

Recommended, get yours from Waterstones UK now and save £££.

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2008 the year of the Ebook – A guide to Ebook Formats – Part 2

by Ebook Doctor on September 16, 2008

… Continuing from Part 1

Mobipocket Format (MOBI)

Mobipockets MOBI file format was never developed with and specific device in mind, unlike the aforementioned file formats. It was designed instead for a piece of software. This software, the Mobipocket reader software, is free to distribute and download, which makes this format very appealing. Instead of download fees, Mobipockets money has been wholly earned from eBook sales. Indeed, this type of philosophy will have a much longer future than those of Amazon and Sony who exclude potential customers with the use of their proprietary formats.

Adobe Reader Format (PDF)

Ever since its inception, PDF has maintained its focus and drive in order to become one of the top digital text formats around. Not too many manufacturers release devices these days that do not support the PDF file format. There are, however, a few issues which need clarification. First of all, the PDF format scheme is that of displaying text on a screen to look precisely as it does in print. Complications arise however when it try’s to display text designed for A4 printing, seeing as how no eBook reader devices exist at this time that have an A4 sized screen.

Final Thoughts

Whilst considering buying an e-book reader, thorough research is paramount. Once you have ascertained which e-book scheme you would use most frequently, peruse e-book stores in order to discover whether or not they carry the kinds of e-books you might want to buy. You may also want to purchase larger screen devices, like an Irex Iliad, if you read PDF files which are larger in size. As stated before, avoid potential headaches in the future by undertaking an in depth research scheme to begin with.


2008 the year of the Ebook – A guide to Ebook Formats – Part 1

by Ebook Doctor on September 15, 2008

ebook readers

Larger and more well known companies have begun to enter the eBook reader market, leading to more robust competition within the field. Companies like Amazon, Sony, Adobe and Mobipocket are hastily trying to develop a universally acceptable format for eBooks.

To this end, Sony’s Reader seems to be the only device that does not support Mobipockets widely available format. This is because Sony would rather be remunerated by selling eBooks coded in their own unique proprietary format to their customers. However, this tactic is highly questionable because they risk loosing throngs of potential customers who may see no reason to limit their eBook reading choices only to what Sony can offer them.

Amazon on the other hand decided to take an open-minded course of action, giving their Kindle reader both AZW proprietary support and Mobipocket support. Also be aware that, when in the market for an eBook reading device, purchasing one that supports the most formats it highly advantageous for you.

Sony Reader Format (LRF)

Sony’s proprietary file format for eBook reading is called LRF. Their Reader device provides users with three zoom levels when using LRF eBooks and LRF formatted eBooks can be bought at Sony’s website that features vast amounts of top selling titles. However, the LRF format only works with Sony’s Readers limiting the size if it’s eBook collection.

Amazon Kindle Format (AZW)

Amazon’s proprietary format for its files is dubbed AZW. And unlike its competitor Sony, Amazon decided to allow support for other commercial formats used on their eBook reader device. This may turn out to be either their stroke of genius moment or their darkest hour. Amazon also sells AZW compatible eBooks through their online store. And since they are the webs largest book seller, they are already quite capable of figuring out how to effectively sell eBooks too.

See part 2 for the rest of the article.