French company Bookeen introduces their fourth-generation electronic book reader, the Cybook Opus. It has a foot print of 4.2″ x 6″ x 0.4″ inches and weighs 5.3 oz (150g), which puts it 0.5 oz more than an iPhone 3GS. It features E Ink electronic ink with 12 font sizes, 4-level greyscale and a 200 dpi display. It has an accelerometer that allows it to switch from portrait to landscape mode automatically, which will appeal equally to left and right-handed readers. It ships with 75 classics free of charge; stores up to 1 000 titles in 1GB of built in flash memory, and 3 000 more on a microSD card. It can support HTML, PDF, EPUB or TXT formats without any conversions. It’s available now for $280.
This true concentrate of technology, a result of ten years’ innovation by French company Bookeen, boasts impressive features in terms of lightness, comfort and battery life, carrying up to 1 000 book titles in a featherweight 150g device.
Slimmer, lighter and faster than its competitors, Cybook Opus brings the best of technology to reading.
Cybook Opus is designed for readers eager to reconcile the freedom and wealth of the digital age with the feel of a printed page. Not only does its sleek look make it one of today’s most desirable cultural goods, but Cybook Opus has also been designed to address the needs of passionately mobile readers.
Handy: Cybook Opus, the world’s most portable electronic book, slips into a pocket and only weighs 5.3 oz (150g), battery included (just 0.5 oz more than an iPhone 3GS). Comfortable: Read in all conditions – indoors or outdoors, even in direct sunlight. Features the latest E Ink electronic ink technology. Even more comfortable: With its 12 font sizes and 4-level greyscale, Cybook Opus adjusts to anyone’s eyesight. Its accelerometer will appeal equally to left and right-handed readers. Rich: Ships with 75 great classics free of charge; stores up to 1 000 titles, and 3 000 more on a microSD card. Even richer: Compatible with all current download platforms, Cybook Opus offers access to over one million contemporary or public-domain digital books over the Internet. Battery life: Recharges every 8 000 pages viewed, i.e. several weeks of normal use (consumes no energy when displaying a page). Simple: Easily downloads titles by connecting to a computer’s USB port (PC or Mac).
Recommended retail price: 250 euros/299£/249 USD tax-inclusive (includes 75 free titles).
Available from: Fnac, Fnac.com, Virgin, Pixmania, Surcouf, Chapitre.com, Eyrolles, Gibert Joseph, WH Smith/Waterstone’s/WeltBild/MVB/Libri/MediaMarkt/…
More info: www.bookeen.com
An extensive choice of digital titles
Cybook Opus is fully compatible with all major online digital bookstores: FNAC.com, BooksOnBoard, WeltBild, MVB, Waterstone’s…Over 200 000 titles are commercially available to download, including back-catalogue works as well as many bestsellers and new releases. Every genre is represented – from thrillers to political pamphlets to non-fiction guides.
In addition, notably through Google Books, Cybook Opus offers access to more than one million public-domain classics in every language. They are available to download free of charge.
Electronic ink: technology dedicated to reading
Unlike regular display technologies, which require backlighting, electronic ink screens are purely reflective, using ambient light in the same way as ordinary paper does. Electronic ink can display text and images indefinitely, without consuming any energy whatsoever.
The Cybook Opus screen only consumes energy when the reader flips a page.
Bookeen: a French leader in consumer electronics
Bookeen was founded in France in 2003 by Laurent Picard and Michaël Dahan, and currently boasts more than 25% market share in Germany, Italy, France and Spain, Bookeen is the number two European player in electronic books, just behind Sony.
Thanks to many years of research and development based on the best screen technologies and ultra-optimised software interfaces, Bookeen creates reading devices recognized for their world-class quality.
A Forrester Research report (June 2009) estimates that there are almost one million users in 2009 and predicts this will grow to 13 million – a US$2bn business – by 2013. Digitimes (August 27, 2009) estimates the market will reach more than 77 million units by 2018. Many industries see the eBook as an emergent market with great potential, and Bookeen is one of its key players.
After taking part – as early as 1998 – in the development of the first electronic book and associated services for Cytale, alongside Jacques Attali and Erik Orsenna, Laurent Picard and Michaël Dahan went on to found Bookeen in 2003. Since then, Bookeen has accumulated a unique experience on the eBook market and marketed the first multi-format reading support directly targeted to the eBook reader community.
Technical fact-sheet: Cybook Opus by Bookeen
Resolution 800 x 600 pixels
Processor / Speed Samsung ARM / 400 MHz
Memory 1 GB
Maximum memory 1 microSD memory card slot (4 GB max; up to approx 4 000 titles)
Sync with a PC computer Yes
Sync with a Mac computer Yes
Audio / video features Text formats supported: Adobe ePub / PDF (native or DRM-protected), TXT and HTML files; photo (black and white): JPEG, GIF and PNG
Connectivity Mini USB
Additional contents 75 books included – see list on following page
Power Rechargeable Lithium-Polymer battery
Battery life Up to 8 000 consecutive pages or 2 weeks
Additional features Accelerometer (automatically switches from portrait to landscape reading mode), left and right-handed, E Ink (electronic ink) technology, 4-level greyscale display without backlighting (prevents eye fatigue), 12 font sizes, can be read even in bright sunlight, “Reset” button, battery rechargeable through USB cable
Dimensions (l x d x h) Height 151 mm – 6″
Length 108 mm – 4.2″
Width 10mm – 0.4″
Net weight 150 g/5.3 oz