Archive for October, 2011

More about the Cybook Odyssey and the High Speed Ink System technology

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Press release Bookeen Paris, 19th October 2011

Following the announcement of our new product, the Cybook Odyssey, we received many questions regarding the HSIS technology.

Bookeey Cybook Odyssey

What is High Speed Ink System (HSIS)?

HSIS is an architecture developed by Bookeen and results from 2 years of research & development. This architecture is made of hardware and software components in order to boost electronic ink.

Cornerstones of HSIS which are incorporated within the Cybook Odyssey are:

  • Optimized software stack and algorithms, developed with quality and performance in mind from the ground up. The main goals are to increase computing speed and refresh display rate thanks to a very sharp display management.
  • An E Ink Pearl touch display providing a best-in-class e-paper reading experience.
  • A dedicated Cortex A8 processor, developed by Texas Instruments in partnership with Bookeen, which brings pure and efficient horsepower.

A consumer electronic product can be seen as a chain of hardware and software elements. As for any chain, it is as strong as its weakest link. With HSIS, the chain is perfectly balanced; all links are robust and optimized. HSIS is the foundation for a brand new groundbreaking E Ink based user experience.

What does HSIS bring to the Cybook Odyssey?

  • Comfort: an intuitive e-reading experience.
  • Speed: a reactive and smooth user interface.
  • Power efficiency: record battery life.

For example, the Cybook Odyssey is the first e-paper reader to provide rolling menus or a scrolling web browser. More features will be revealed in the forthcoming days.

How will HSIS evolve?

This architecture already allows e-reading devices to be built with different display sizes, with different bistable technologies, and with grayscale as well as color e-paper displays.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank E-Ink and Texas Instruments for these fruitful collaborations.

Based in Paris (France), the Bookeen team has been pioneers in the ebook industry since 1998 and has developed many e-reading solutions in over 13 years. We’re very proud to bring innovation to the market with our HSIS technology and through the launch of the Cybook Odyssey you will be able to experience it to its full capacity.


  • Equipped with exclusive HSIS (High Speed Ink System ) technology for an amazingly fast speed on an E Ink® pearl screen
  • A 6” screen in a compact design
  • A premium device with a robust and classy aluminium back
  • A multi-touch interface
  • A fast Wi-Fi connectivity
  • 20 font sizes
  • Thousands of books available in seconds
  • Support Major open formats

Multi-Touch paperlike Display
6’’ E Ink® Pearl Display
600 x 800 pixels
Resolution: 167 dpi
Technology: E Ink Pearl (V220)
Capacitive multi-touch
Fast & Powerful Engine
CPU: Cortex A8 TI OMAP3611 800MHz
High Speed Ink System (HSIS)
Ultra reactive User Interface
Scrollable menus
Dynamic zoom
Fluid Web browsing
Elegant & Compact Design
Dimensions: 166mm x 120mm x 9mm
Weight: 195g – 6.87 oz*
Aluminum back casing
Buttons: Page Forward, Page Back, Menu
Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n)
Micro-USB connector
Weeks of Battery Life
Battery: 1650 mAh
Battery Life: approx 25,000 page flips
Internal Memory: 2GB (iNAND),
approx. 2,000 ebooks (*)
Expansion Slot: microSDHC up to 32GB,
approx. 32,000 ebooks
USB: microUSB for transferring file and charging
Accelerometer (portrait/landscape)
Personal screensaver pictures
Audio: 3.5mm stereo
Hundred of books included
User interface in 23 languages
Web browser included
OS Linux 2.6.31
20 font sizes
Software features: notes/bookmark/
highlights/dictionary (French version)
Supported ebook standards: ePub, PDF,
Adobe® DRM, HTML, TXT, FB2
Music: MP3

Media Contacts:

Jean-François Kitten, +33611293028.  Capucine de Jessey,   Imogen Bailey, +331 83 64 77 06  &  +331 42 15 70 12

Bookeen breaks the boundaries for electronic ink

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Press release e-Reader Bookeen. Paris, 10/10/2011

Bookeen is proud to present the Cybook Odyssey: the first e-Reader equipped with High Speed Ink System (HSIS) technology. It has taken two years of development to create this technology which will revolutionize the electronic ink display. With the HSIS, the Cybook Odyssey paves the way for a new generation of e-Readers which are faster, more reactive and more fluid.

Cybook Odyssey

The launch of the Cybook Odyssey is set to dispel all previous misconceptions about electronic ink. Until now, the quality and comfort of electronic ink have enabled e-Readers to provide the ideal reading device for digital content. However, in recent years, the inertia of the e-paper technology has disappointed readers who are used to highly reactive touch-screen LCD tablets or smartphones.

Now with the launch of the Cybook Odyssey equipped with HSIS technology, Bookeen reveals the first ever e-Reader which works at high speed whilst also maintaining the properties of electronic ink.

With the HSIS, Bookeen:

  • has radically simplified the e-Reader user experience by making it more intuitive,
  • has crafted a user friendly interface directly inspired by the ergonomic of touch-screen tablets,
  • introduces a range of new features which have not yet been available with electronic ink.

The Cybook Odyssey will be available in Europe in the forthcoming weeks. The price has not yet been disclosed.

The Cybook Odyssey is the first e-Reader to incorporate:

  • the technology of a High Speed Ink System (HSIS) developed by Bookeen, for an instantly reactive screen which has never previously been achieved with E Ink®

The Cybook Odyssey is also equipped with the following features:

  • a Cortex A8 processor (800MHz) adapted by Texas Instruments in collaboration with Bookeen,
  • a 6 inch E Ink® Pearl wide touch-screen embedded in a compact classy design,
  • fast Wi-Fi connectivity.

Other features will soon be revealed.

About Bookeen

Bookeen is a French company which has been a European pioneer for electronic books since 1998. They have developed and marketed the following e-Readers in more than 70 countries: the Cybook Opus and the Cybook Orizon. Bookeen’s R&D team which are based within their Paris headquarters are world renowned for their excellence and innovation. Bookeen is one of a number of companies which invent, design and develop effective electronic solutions and software.

Bookeen e-Readers are available in more than 70 countries around the world

Some retailers: Pixmania, Waterstone’s, Redcoon, Media World,, La Feltrinelli, Boulanger, Darty, Fnac, Virgin, Cultura, Auchan, Le Furet du Nord, Gibert Joseph, Surcouf, Gibert Jeune, GrosBill, Librairie Dialogues… and

Press contacts : Jean-François Kitten, +33611293028 Capucine de Jessey,, Imogen Bailey, +331 83 64 77 06 & +331 42 15 70 12