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    I am the owner and managing director of Information Automation Limited (IAL), a company that specialises in research, consultancy and training for the information profession. We are particularly interested in all forms of electronic information resources (e-journals, e-books, etc) and I teach a course in electronic publishing at the Department of Information Studies in Aberystwyth. Drilling down still further(!), my interests centre on the quality and evaluation of electronic information, and in the thinking that underpins activities in library and information science.


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    Friday, July 27, 2007

    Another e-Ink e-book reader announced

    Bookeen has announced that its latest e-book reader will be based around e-Ink technology AND will offer Mobipocket titles - about 50,000 available - as well as offering "a true freedom of use regarding supported documents formats. CyBook owners are free to read personal and public domain content." The new CyBook may not offer as many bells and whistles as other readers (it is rumoured that it does not support annotating or searching) and there are still those around - possibly those who haven't tried e-Ink - who cannot conceive of a reader without backlighting ("No backlighting? No sale! Heck, give me the old original CyBook, I was about to buy one..." as one commentor on TeleRead wrote), but this slim, light-weight offering may well be THE e-book reader to have - simply because of its flexibility over e-book and document formats.

    It’s official: New Cybook will offer Mobipocket and improved E Ink in Sept.—with 50,000 titles available as TeleRead put it, before quoting the press release in full. The important points made are:

    Paris, France – July 26, 2007 – Bookeen is proud to announce its new Generation 3 Cybook. Based on the latest groundbreaking Vizplex™ epaper technology from E Ink, this ebook reading device offers an impressive 6” screen showing off a 166 dpi resolution.

    Bookeen’s new product looks stunningly thin: it is the size of a paperback, the thickness of a magazine, for a weight of only 6.1 ounces (174 g). It boasts an impressive battery life of 8,000 page flips, allowing for an average reading time of 1 month without recharging... Concerning content availability, Bookeen also announces an agreement with Mobipocket, an Amazon company, to license and distribute the Mobipocket™ leading ebook format on the Cybook... The Cybook Gen3 has entered production and will be directly available next September from Bookeen online web store at bookeen.com, in different packs starting at $350. It will be the first product to include the new E Ink Vizplex™ technology, offering the brightest and fastest switching epaper display of the market...

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