Cybook Ocean: thin like…

April 3rd, 2014

The Cybook Ocean will be the thinnest reader in the world at a mere 7mm! That’s really thin. So thin, it’s hard to imagine without seeing it! So how can we demonstrate it visually? Photo of a reader next to a pencil, next to a coin… been there, done that. So we’re looking for some new ideas.

How would you show just how thin the Cybook Ocean is? The most creative idea could win a Cybook Odyssey 2013!

To get you started, here’s a photo of our very first Cybook, from over 12 years ago, next to the Cybook Ocean. We’ve come a long way, baby!

CybookGen1 vs Cybook Ocean

Happy reading and good luck to all,

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Cybook Ocean at the Paris Book Fair

March 19th, 2014

Starting tomorrow at the Paris Book Fair (stand F13), Bookeen will present our line of Cybook readers, including the world premiere of the Cybook Ocean.

Cybook Ocean Hands

The Cybook Ocean will be available for testing on our stand. The Ocean is now announced for release between mid-May and mid-June, at a price of 179€. This reader offers a large 20.5cm (8″) screen, for 79% more reading area than a 6″ screen.

We’ve been working for the past two years to combine an extra-flat reader with an 8″ screen. As this format is new on the market, the supply of the screen has taken longer than expected.

Even if the product is not completely finalised, being able to hold one in your hands for the first time will show you that a reader with a large page size can also be extremely portable, especially encased in a new “slim” cover!

The Cybook Ocean will be available for pre-order at the Book Fair and within the coming weeks on our site.

CYBOOK OCEAN
Technical specifications

 

MULTI-TOUCH
PAPER-LIKE DISPLAY
  • Panel: 8″ (20,5 cm) E-Paper
  • Resolution: 768 x 1024 px
  • DPI: 160
  • 16 greyscale levels
  • Touchscreen: capacitive multi-touch
FAST & POWERFUL ENGINE
  • CPU: Cortex A8 TIOMAP3611 (800 MHz)
  • RAM: 128 Mo LP DDR
FRONTLIGHT SYSTEM
  • Invisible light guide film
  • Anti-glare treatment
  • Touch & Frontlight interface management
BATTERY LIFE
  • Battery: 2100 mAh
  • Weeks of battery life (depends on Wi-Fi & FrontLight usage)
COMPACT AND ELEGANT DESIGN
  • “Flatview” design
  • Dimensions: 196 mm x 150 mm x 7 mm. Weight: 300 g.
  • Capacitive buttons for turning page & menu/FrontLight
  • Flat & very pure user interface
STORAGE
  • 4 Go iNAND approx 4000 ebooks
  • Expension slot: MicroSDHC up to 32 approx 32 000 eBooks
  • MicroUSB 2.0 for transferring file and charging
LANGUAGES
  • User interface available in 24 languages
WEB BROWSER
  • WebKit Based
OS
  • Linux 2.6.31
SOFTWARE FEATURES
  • Notes / search / bookmarks / highlights / line spacing / margin / dictionaries (depends on languages) / 20 font sizes / personalization screensaver mode / PDF management tool / classification folder and collection / over a hundred of books
  • Over 100 books offered
HIGH SPEED INK SYSTEM (HSIS)
  • Ultra-reactive user interface
CONNEXION
  • Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n)
CONTENT EBOOKS FORMATS
  • ePub, PDF Adobe DRM, HTML, Txt, FB2, DJVU
CONTENT PICTURE FORMATS
  • JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP, ICO, TIF, PSD
FIRMWARE UPGRADES
  • OTA (Over The Air), MicroSD, USB connection
ACTIVATION
  • OTA (Over The Air), USB connection
EBOOKSTORE INTERFACE
  • E-paper optimised ebookstore

 

 

Cybook Ocean : first look at the interface

February 18th, 2014

Uncluttered Display

This new, large reading display comes with a new airy, uncluttered interface, for easy access to all your ebooks. All the essential features on the home page, intuitive menus, new search feature, improved notes and text management; everything has been carefully thought out for the comfort of the reader.

Take a look at some of the new features:

Cybook Ocean interface

Text search

Place your finger on a word to show the definition, or to search for other appearances in the text. Search for any word by typing it into the search engine with the on-screen keyboard. Navigate through the text as you like, from one passage to the next, go back to the list of results, or continue reading where you started your search.

Notes management

Instantly add a highlight, note or bookmark, without interrupting your reading. Simply indicate the passage you want to highlight by marking the beginning and the end with two fingers, or tap the upper right corner to add a bookmark.
The notes manager allows you to navigate through all the notes in your book, modify them, delete them and add new ones.

Text display

A new settings window lets you personalise all the essential elements of the text display. Text size and font family, line-spacing, margins, justification are accessible and adjustable in seconds. For those who want even more control, the advanced menu offers additional options.

Your personalised library

The new library on the Ocean lets you organise your ebooks however you like. Create personalised collections by series, by author, sort by genre, for the first time directly on your Cybook.

More new features will be integrated and presented throughout the coming weeks…

Stay tuned…

Happy reading everyone,

Bookeen Team

Cybook Ocean: First Look

October 30th, 2013

Along with the new version of the Cybook Odyssey Frontlight, coming in November, Bookeen announces, for Christmas 2013, the Cybook Ocean!

Cybook Ocean, available soon

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Cybook Screensaver Contest: presenting our Cybook Stars!

October 4th, 2013

We are very excited to announce the winners of our Cybook Screensaver Contest!

In case you missed it, the contest was to create a new Cybook screensaver image. The creators of the winning images win fabulous prizes including a Cybook or a Cybook accessory of their choice, and the winning image will be included on the new Cybook Ocean along with our official screensavers!

First of all, we’d like to thank everyone who participated! We received such wonderful images, some funny, some poetic, all of them inventive! Choosing one first-prize winner was no easy task… in fact we ended up with TWO winners!

Bravo to Mayda A. and Yves G., who each win the Cybook of their choice! We’re delighted to present their images, which will be featured as screensavers on our Cybooks:

This reinterpretation of “La Liseuse” (“The Reader”) by Fragonard was created by Yves G.

Fragonard’s La Liseuse, by Yves G.

Here’s his explanation:

“I thought the painting of “the Reader” by Fragonard would be a good subject for an e-reader. To build another bridge between art and technology, I created a program which recomposes the painting using only letters. The blurry areas are the result of dozens of letters grouped together.”

This image is composed of 89999 letters!

Mayda A. sent us a beautiful ink drawing entitled “Aspri Lexi” which means “White Word” in Greek. “It portrays several aspects of reading and the written word: the enlightenment of our souls, the unlocking of knowledge, the timelessness of words, the introspective journey of our hearts and minds, the building of new realities, the branching of our roots…”

We found her drawing really beautiful, and we asked her if she could make a variation of it specifically for the Cybook. Here is the result:

Ink drawing “Travelling with words” by Mayda A., for Bookeen

In second place, we have another tie! Congratulations to Lydie B. whose image evokes the “secret garden” of reading,

The Reader, by Lydie B.

and Hervé L., for his image which is sure to strike a chord amongst fans of literary encounters of the third kind, and of Douglas Adams! It explains a lot about those mysterious objects in the sky. Clearly aliens don’t have Cybooks! (The caption at the bottom says: “*You’ll do anything when you have nothing left to read.”)

Books of the third type, by Hervé L.

Each will receive the Cybook accessory of their choice, or a gift certificate good for ebooks from the Bookeen Store!

The People’s Choice Prize

For the first time, in addition to our own selection, we’re awarding a “People’s Choice” prize, chosen by you!

The votes have been counted on our blog, our Facebook page and our Pinterest album, and we’d like to congratulate Matthias S., with 123 votes altogether! Bravo to him, he’s won a Cybook accessory of his choice.

Don’t touch Matthias’ Cybook!

See all the images in our Pinterest album and our Facebook album.

Your favourite image didn’t win? Don’t forget that you can personalise the screensaver on your Cybook with the image of your choice! :)

Feeling inspired? Set your imagination free and create your own screensaver image! Our Pinterest and Facebook albums will remain open, and we’d be thrilled to see any images you’d like to share with us and the whole Bookeen community!

Again, congratulations to all our winners, a heartfelt thank you to all who participated, and happy reading to everyone!

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Coming soon from Bookeen: presenting…

September 19th, 2013

Bookeen is very happy to present our new readers for Fall 2013.

CYBOOK ODYSSEY FRONTLIGHT

With several hundred thousand Cybook Odyssey sold in 50 countries, Bookeen will propose in October a new version of our best-seller, with a 6″, 600 x 800 px screen and our optimised FrontLight technology. The FrontLight, enormously appreciated by our clients, allows you to read in any conditions, even in a dark room, without eye fatigue. The Cybook Odyssey FrontLight also offers the highly-demanded choice of buttons or touchscreen.

With 4Go of internal memory, the Cybook Odyssey FrontLight can hold close to 4000 books, and more than 36,000 on a memory card thanks to the microSD port. As for content, the Cybook Odyssey FrontLight comes pre-loaded with more than 100 books, in English, Italian, German, Spanish, and French, so you can start reading right away.

And with 9 weeks of autonomy, you can enjoy reading without worrying about having to stop to charge your battery.

Mid-October, this new Cybook Odyssey FrontLight offers all the key features and qualities at a very tempting price: around 100€ in stores.

CYBOOK OCEAN

In early November, Bookeen will launch the Cybook Ocean, with a large reading surface and extra-thin 7mm design!

After 10 years developing 5 and 6″ readers, here comes the first Cybook with a large, 8″ screen, comparable to a paper book page, with a resolution of 768 x 1024px. This format provides a reading surface 79% larger than that of a standard 6″ reader, excellent for comfortably reading pdf documents, mangas or press for example.

Bookeen’s R&D worked to optimise the Ocean’s design, to provide the best reading comfort in a highly portable object; the Cybook Ocean is exceptionally thin at just 7mm.

The super-thin flat profile nonetheless integrates a new version of the FrontLight technology already crowned with success on the Cybook Odyssey. Read comfortably in all light conditions, from bright sunlight to a dark room.

With 4Go of internal memory, the Cybook Ocean can hold close to 4000 books, and more than 36,000 on a memory card thanks to the microSD port. As for content, the Cybook Ocean comes pre-loaded with more than 100 books, in English, Italian, German, Spanish, and French, so you can start reading right away.

Like all the Cybooks, the Cybook Ocean offers a record autonomy: read without worrying about recharging for up to 10 weeks.

The Cybook Ocean will be available early November for around 160€ in stores, making it a very attractive large-format offer.

We’ll provide more information about the Cybook Odyssey FrontLight and the Cybook Ocean, including photos and more technical details, in the coming days, so stay tuned!

Happy reading to all,
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Cybook Screensaver Contest: Vote for the People’s Choice prize!

September 13th, 2013

Our Cybook Screensaver Contest is over, now to award the prizes! In case you missed it, the contest was to create a new Cybook screensaver image. The creators of the winning images can win fabulous prizes including a Cybook or a Cybook accessory of their choice, and the winning image will be included on Cybooks along with our official screensavers!

A huge thank you to all who participated! We received such wonderful images, some funny, some poetic, all of them inventive! Choosing the winners was no easy task… as you will see!

NEW!

For the first time, in addition to our own selection, we’re awarding a “People’s Choice” award, chosen by you!

And, in response to feedback from our community, we’ve extended the voting period, and it’s now possible to vote directly on our blog!

As we received some images at the very last minute, they didn’t benefit from the same visibility as those sent at the very beginning of the contest. Also, we want to allow everyone to participate, without needing to have an account on facebook or pinterest.

The winner of the People’s Choice prize will receive a Cybook accessory of their choice or a gift check good for ebooks in the BookeenStore. The winner will be announced along with the winners selected by Bookeen, at the end of the vote!

With no further ado, here are the images in the running. Hurry and vote for your favourites, you have through MONDAY 23 SEPTEMBER!

Note: you may vote for as many of the images as you like, but of course, only once. ;)

Best of luck to all, and happy reading!
Bookeen Team

Find all the details of the contest on our blog here: http://blog.bookeen.com/contest-become-a-cybook-star/
See the images in large format along with more information about them in our albums on facebook and Pinterest, then vote in our poll below!

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Cybook Screensaver Contest - People's Choice Prize

  • Matthias S. (47%, 25 Votes)
  • Yves G. (30%, 16 Votes)
  • Clément C. (21%, 11 Votes)
  • Raymond R. (15%, 8 Votes)
  • Gwenaëlle G. (11%, 6 Votes)
  • Lydie B. (11%, 6 Votes)
  • Mayda A. (8%, 4 Votes)
  • Joseph D-M (6%, 3 Votes)
  • Francis S. (6%, 3 Votes)
  • Hervé L. (4%, 2 Votes)
  • Sanni L. (4%, 2 Votes)
  • Yves C. (4%, 2 Votes)
  • Fred V. (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Joseph D-M (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 53

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Cybook Screensaver Contest: Vote for your favourites!

August 14th, 2013

The Cybook Screensaver contest is off to a great start! Take a look at our Pinterest board to see the entries so far, and don’t forget to like your favourites there and on our Facebook page to vote for the People’s Choice prize!

Remember, the deadline for submission is the 30th August, so send your image soon!

See our post here for all the details : http://blog.bookeen.com/contest-become-a-cybook-star/

Happy reading and good luck to you!

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Contest: become a Cybook Star!

August 5th, 2013

Are you an artist? Here’s your chance, with Bookeen! Create a screensaver image for Cybook; the winning images will be included with our official screensavers, and will be featured on the next Cybooks! If your image is selected, you could win a Cybook, a Cybook accessory of your choice, or a gift certificate for ebooks from the Bookeen Store!

Two chances to win! In addition to our internal selection, submitted images will be displayed on our facebook and Pinterest pages. The image which gets the most “likes” will be elected “People’s Choice” and will also be included!

How to participate?

Read carefully the technical specifications below, create your original image, and send it to us BEFORE AUGUST 30 2013 via facebook, twitter, or mail at community at bookeen dot com.

Take a look at our current screensavers for inspiration, on our Pinterest board.

The fine print:

- images must be in portrait mode, .png format, 768 x 1024px or 1536 x 2048px
- the image must be black and white, with high contrast, since it will be displayed on a 256-level greyscale screen.

/!\ Don’t forget that the image must look good on an e-ink screen. If the format and the technical guidelines are not respected, we will not be able to use the image.

Theme:

The image should be about literature, reading, books, texts, authors, …

Note:

For obvious reasons, we cannot select images which could be considered shocking or offensive. Please also avoid images which are too minimalist to be understood by the general public. The image should bring pleasure to a maximum of our clients who will find it on their Cybook.

Bookeen must be able to use the image free of copyright restrictions.

Now grab your mouse, pen, stylus, paintbrush… Best of luck to all of you, we can’t wait to see what you’ll come up with!

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Your opinion interests us!

July 23rd, 2013

UPDATE 24 July: Thanks to all of you for your enthusiastic replies! We’ve received all the feedback we need for this question. We really appreciate your participation, and we’ll surely request feedback on more topics in future, so keep watching our blog!

Photo: Bilal Kamoon on flickr

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