Bookeen innovates by launching the first integrated solar cover that charges the reader

September 15th, 2016
PRESS RELEASE: Paris, September 15, 2016

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Bookeen is writing a new chapter in the history of technology by offering a cover able to charge the reader thanks to a photovoltaic sheet.

A solar cover for Cybook Ocean

Solar energy accompanies us in the world of literature.

This solar sheet dresses Cybook Ocean with elegance, equipped with a big 8-inch screen. Today, the joy of digital reading overcomes all constrains, through the ability to read in the dark thanks to the FrontLight technology, in full sunshine without reflection on a E-ink screen while gaining in battery life thanks to this new solar cover.

On a hike, on the beach or in the park, it is therefore possible to charge its reader by sunlight without cluttering up with spare batteries, cables and plugs. Because reading is a simple, personal and authentic pleasure, Bookeen favors a natural way of charging to intensify this special moment.

An exclusive design

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Rather than adding a bulky external charger, photovoltaic cells are invisible and perfectly integrated in a unique and exclusive design carefully thought by Bookeen (the cover is particularly thin). They are dissimulated by an elegant tree leaf that reminds us of the essence of paper, suggesting natural photosynthesis. Through technology, the leaf, source of life, becomes once again a fundamental element of reading.

For Michael Dahan, founder of Bookeen: “Thanks to the progress made in energy recovery and the extreme frugality of electronical ink screens, Bookeen offers for the first time to the world an independent reader that permanently charges using light. Going on a deserted island with your reader is now a dream-come-true”.

How it works

With this innovative product, the 125 cm² / 19 inch² of protection cover integrate an optical printed grid to solar modules. Thanks to the photovoltaic effect (production of energy using a light source), the solar modules react and enable to independently charge the reader. The solar cover feeds on rays and therefore extends the battery life of the reader.

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A one-hour exposure of the cover in alluring brightness (25 000 lux et +) is enough to charge the reader for one more day of reading autonomy (30 minutes of daily reading).

Two companies of the French Tech

To develop this solution, Bookeen has joined another French company, SunPartner technologies, by using the Wysips Graphics® technology in the cover.

Sustainable innovation!

Users are searching for efficient and simple solutions for the autonomy of their electronical devices. The innovation that Bookeen offers puts forward products with clean energy and non-polluting like sun energy.

Availability and price

The Solar Leaf Cover will be available from September 15 at the price of 59,99 € TTC / 67 USD / 50 GBP at www.Bookeen.com.

This cover is exclusively compatible to Cybook Ocean of Bookeen.

The Solar Leaf Cover will also be available for Carrefour’s reader 8’’ Nolimbook XL in all Carrefour distribution chain.

Bookeen in short

Based in Paris, Bookeen is the French leader of digital reader solutions. The superiority of its technical quality and its digital reading solutions have allowed Bookeen to develop partnerships with large retailers, independent bookstores, and numerous distribution leaders like Brazil’s Saraiva, France’s Carregour in a number of European countries, Adlibris in Sweden, Norway, Finland, or E.Leclerc.

The www.bookeenstore.com library offers more than 200 000 ebooks available in just several seconds on readers and the web.

For more information, please visit www.bookeen.com

Bookeen Press Contacts

Clarisse Lazerges, c.lazerges@licencek.com +33 (0) 1 83 64 77 06

Jean-François Kitten, jf@licencek.com +33 (0) 6 11 29 30 28

Ilinca Spita, i.spita@licencek.com (EN) +33 (0) 1 45 03 21 77

Bookeen will release this summer, the first cover that recharges e-books thanks to invisible solar cells, in partnership with SunPartner

February 23rd, 2016
Press Release: Paris, Barcelona February 22nd 2016

At Mobile World Congress 2016, Bookeen and SunPartner Technologies, announce, for this summer the launch of the first solar cover for e-books using the Wysips Graphics® technology. This new technology provides a new advantage for e-reading, an unprecedented battery life and hours of uninterrupted reading.
Bookeen Solar Cover for Cybook Ocean

Freely, and with style!

Bookeen will release this summer in Europe, an innovating cover for e-books embedding invisible solar cells. This major innovation will give even more freedom to readers in terms of mobility, to live without restraints, the pleasure of reading. The anxiety of lacking power before finishing your chapter is over. At the beach, in a park, during transportation, it is now possible to recharge your e-book as simple as that, without noticing.

As a matter of fact, this new useful disposal will be very elegant, as the solar cells will be covered by a harmonious pattern.

A lasting innovation!

Users are looking for efficient solutions for their electrical devices’ battery life, and favoring clean energies such as solar power.

How it works?

On this innovative product, the cover’s 125cm2 protection is composed of a printed optical network combined with solar modules enabling to recharge the e-book thanks to photovoltaic effect (production of electricity thanks to a light source). A reader that would expose outside their cover during an hour in good light conditions (25 000 lux and more) would give an adding day in battery autonomy for their e-book.

A #FrenchTech partnership

By using Wysips Graphics® technology, Bookeen will provide early summer 2016 a cover for their Cybook Ocean e-book before being extended to other devices from the pioneer brand in e-reading.

For Ludovic Deblois, CEO of SunPartner Technologies, “This new partnership with a “French Tech” pioneer like Bookeen in the e-reader market demonstrates the real added value of our Wysips Graphics® innovation for users of mobile and connected devices.”

As for Michael Dahan, co-founder and CEO of Bookeen, ” This new cover for the Cybook Ocean has an invisible charging mechanism making your product almost autonomous. The product recharges itself without you noticing it. We benefit from the very weak energy consumption of our e-books and of the SunPartner technology, for this world premiere”.

About SunPartner Technologies

SunPartner Technologies is a high-tech engineering company specializing in Solar NETs (New Energy Technologies). Since 2008, they’ve been developing the transparent PV component Wysips® that seamlessly integrates into any surface, transforming it into a solar panel. Based in Aix-en-Provence, France and growing worldwide, the company regularly receives awards both for its innovation and from the business community, such as the Nobel Sustainability® Clean Tech Company award in 2013 and Technology Pioneer 2014 from the World Economic Forum.

www.sunpartnertechnologies.com

About Bookeen

Based in Paris, France, Bookeen is the European leader in e-reading solutions. The incomparable quality of its solutions and e-readers have enabled them to develop partnerships with both large chains and independent bookstores, as well as several leading large-scale retailers such as the Brazilian Saraiva group and the Carrefour group for example.

For more information, please visit www.bookeen.com

Press Contacts

Bookeen

Clarisse Lazerges, c.lazerges@licencek.com +33 (0) 1 83 64 77 06

Jean-François Kitten, jf@licencek.com +33 (0) 6 11 29 30 28

SunPartner Technologies

Marion Chanson marion.chanson@sunpartner.fr +33 (0) 6 15 71 16 76

After Sweden, Adlibris the leading internet book store in the Nordic region, extend today their digital reading initiative to 2 new countries, Norway and Finland and their partnership with Bookeen

October 28th, 2015

Paris, October 26th, 2015
Press Release Bookeen / Adlibris

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Today Adlibris is extending the initiative to two more countries, Norway and Finland and will offer the best of Letto ebooks solution to new customers.

Since 2011, Bookeen and Adlibris partner on a digital reading initiative in Sweden, with two generations of e-reader under the Letto Brand.

Early 2015, Adlibris introduced the new Letto FrontLight featuring a great lightning system to read under any conditions and an elegant & compact E-INK HD edge-to-edge new design, developed in Paris by Bookeen, the French ereading pioneer.

This new member in the Letto family offers a brand new & intuitive user interface with top features like the new Adlibris cloud synchronisation and additional dictionaries such as Suomi, Norvegian, and English on top of the Swedish one. This is a new example of a strong partnership to establish best integrated solution for Adlibris customer to access and read their ebooks everywhere.

Michael Dahan, CEO at Bookeen:

We are delighted to continue our partnership with Adlibris, a true leader in reading. We brought our experience and technology in a very constructive collaboration. With this extension to new countries and new features, I believe Adlibris solution is the best eReading solution on the Scandinavian market and will be a great offer for their customers, in Sweden, Finland and Norway.

Henrik Oscarsson, CEO at Adlibris :

We are excited to be able to bring Adlibris Letto FrontLight to our customers in Finland and Norway! The interest in e-reading is growing every day and for a book store for book lovers it is important for us to be able to offer our customers excellent platforms for e-reading and Adlibris Letto FrontLight truly delivers a great e-reading

About Bookeen

Bookeen offers full digital reading solutions under the brand name Bookeen or white labeled. Pioneer on this market since 2003, Bookeen supplies its partners with a technical solution composed of E Ink innovating e-readers, ebookstores (online, or on e-readers) and apps synchronized within the cloud. Bookeen operates in more than 20 countries every year such as Brazil, Sweden, France, Spain, Russia, Hungary, Germany…

Major worldwide players use Bookeen-made solutions: Saraiva (the number one bookstore chain in Brazil), Carrefour (France, Spain, Belgium), Relay (France), Leclerc (France) Adlibris (the leading internet bookstore in the Nordic region)…

Products and digital solutions are designed by Bookeen in Paris. Bookeen is a French Tech company.

For more information and details about Bookeen, don’t hesitate to contact us:

Jean-François Kitten, +33 6 11 29 30 28 jf@licencek.com

Clarisse Lazerges, +33 (0) 9 72 33 47 63 c.lazerges@licencek.com

About Adlibris

Adlibris is the largest Internet book store in the Nordic region. Adlibris is dedicated to creating the best shopping experience for book lovers in Sweden, Finland and Norway always offering competitive prices and fast deliveries. Adlibris.com has over 2 million visitors each month and ships over 20 000 books to our customers each day. Adlibris is owned by the Bonnier Group, the leading Nordic Media group.

For more information and details regarding Adlibris in Finland, please contact:

Marjut Määttä
marjut@adlibris.com

Bookeen confirms its position as a main actor in the e-book industry by partnering up with the E.Leclerc hypermarket chain, the second biggest bookshop in France.

October 15th, 2015
Press Release Bookeen / E.Leclerc: Paris, October 14th, 2015

e-librairie E.Leclerc

In order to develop its e-bookshop offer, E.Leclerc has chosen Bookeen, the French e-book pioneer for over 12 years, to provide a complete digital reading solution called “e-librairie E.Leclerc”. By sharing it’s know-how to the mastermind of “Espace Culturel E.Leclerc”, Bookeen has gathered a new major actor with its digital offer.

Bookeen supplies a full e-book solution combining a performing content platform (https://e-librairie.e-leclerc.com), two e-readers from the Cybook Muse range (and accessories), Android and iOS Apps (“Ma Liseuse”), cloud synchronization and a catalogue of 170 000 e-books (in French only) right from the start.

Starting October 14th, this offer will be available in 500 retail points, meaning every single 215 “Espace Culturel E.Leclerc” and also hundreds of hypermarkets and supermarkets from E.Leclerc chain. With them, Bookeen reinforces its market diversification as well as the presence of a first-class French-made alternative to face international brands such as Amazon and Kobo.

This agreement confirms both the technical excellence of Bookeen products but also the approach of maintaining the chain and bookseller at core in the relationship with the reader.

Michaël Dahan, Bookeen’s Chief Executive Officer:

“The launch of its digital reading offer by the second largest bookstore chain in France is a strong signal made to market. This new initiative comforts us in the leitmotivs that has been thrilling us over the last 12 years: independence, opening, and quality. Fundamentals that caught the attention of a company who has always been able to provide the best products to its customers. We are very enthusiastic to partner with E.Leclerc on this new category.”

About Bookeen

Bookeen offers full digital reading solutions under the brand name Bookeen or white labeled. Pioneer on this market since 2003, Bookeen supplies its partners with a technical solution composed of E Ink innovating e-readers, ebookstores (online, or on e-readers) and apps synchronized within the cloud. Bookeen operates in more than 20 countries every year such as Brazil, Sweden, France, Spain, Russia, Hungary, Germany…

Major worldwide players use Bookeen-made solutions: Saraiva (the number one bookstore chain in Brazil), Carrefour (France, Spain, Belgium), Relay (France), Adlibris (the leading internet bookstore in northern Europe)…

Products and digital solutions are designed by Bookeen in Paris. Bookeen is a French Tech company.

About Espace Culturel E.Leclerc

Founded in 1995, “Espace Culturel E.Leclerc” is a main actor in the distribution of cultural goods in France. Real meeting point, the “Espaces Culturels E.Leclerc” allow access to culture to a large number of people: more than 90% of points of sale are located in cities of less than 80 000 habitants, in which 40% are towns of less than 15 000 habitants. The 215 “Espaces Culturels E.Leclerc” are striving every day in order to facilitate access to culture everywhere in France through the points of sale, welcoming places for dialogue. The brand is constantly looking for a greater accessibility to cultural goods, through geographical zone, price strategy, but also an ambitious product offer. In 2015, “Espace Culturel E.Leclerc” positions itself as the favorite cultural retailer for French people (OC&C Strategy Consultants study done in June 2015).

For more information: www.espaceculturel.fr

For more information and details about Bookeen, don’t hesitate to contact us:

Jean-François Kitten,
+33 6 11 29 30 28
jf@licencek.com

For more information and details about E.Leclerc, please contact:
e.leclerc@edelman.com / 01 56 69 73 85.