Archive for January, 2012

Dictionary beta-tests: Go!

Friday, January 20th, 2012

A warm thank you to all those who volunteered for the dictionary beta-tests! We are delighted to see such an enthusiastic response from our users. Rather than limit registration, we’ve decided to open the tests to everyone who would like to participate.

The first tests start now with 4 dictionaries available:

  • Italian
  • English
  • English > French
  • English > Italian

To participate, it’s very simple:

  1. make sure that the firmware of your Cybook Odyssey is version 1.4.1485 or later
  2. open the browser
  3. tap the address bar
  4. enter
  5. download the dictionary(ies) of your choice

The installation is automatic.

Please submit your comments using the contact form on our site.

Happy reading!

Bookeen Team

Update 29 february 2012: Thanks to everyone for their precious feedback! Find out what comes next here:

Update 6 december 2012: For those of you looking for a specific dictionary, take a look at this free tool created by a clever Cybook user which allows you to convert any StarDict or XML format dictionary for your Cybook. Thank you, Pettarin! I thought I would put the links directly in the articles for easier reference.

Bookeen is at CES 2012

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Once again, Bookeen is participating in the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas!

We’d be very happy to see you, so please stop by our stand and say hello. You can find us at South Hall 4 36173. Hope to see you there!

Beta-test for dictionaries

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Bookeen wants YOU to beta-test new dictionaries!

Our development team is hard at work finalising a selection of new dictionaries, and we’re looking for some beta-testers before the public release.

Currently we need testers for the following languages:

  • Italian
  • English
  • English to French
  • English to Italian

The test will begin around the 17th of January.

If you have a Cybook Odyssey and you would like to participate, leave a comment below, telling us what language(s) you can test. Don’t forget to indicate your email address in the proper field.

Happy reading,

Bookeen Team

UPDATE: The first dictionaries are available for tests now! Get all the details here:

Cybook Odyssey: Firmware Upgrade v1485

Monday, January 9th, 2012

A new firmware upgrade to version 4.0.1485 is now available for the Cybook Odyssey. It will be automatically proposed to you via the wifi connection as soon as you connect your Odyssey, or you can download it from our site for manual installation: Support > Download.

The change log is also available for download on our site.

Version 4.0 (build 1485)

  • Feature: support for multiple dictionaries. Bookeen and international partners will propose new dictionaries (monolingual and bilingual) for download within the next weeks.
  • Feature: to define a custom screensaver, open the desired picture and check the “Set as Screensaver” option. If the option is grayed out, rotate the user interface in portrait orientation.
  • Improvements: various user interface and keyboard localizations.
  • Fix: the system could lock up randomly.
  • Fix: the system would freeze when ejecting the microSD card in suspend mode.
  • Fix: the battery level indicator could fluctuate significantly.
  • Fix: the download process could restart the application under some circumstances.
  • Fix: on some web sites, cookies could not be recognized.

Version 4.0 (build 1481)

  • Fix: support for USB drive ejection (Mac, Windows, Linux).
  • Fix: USB connectivity (looping disconnections, successive cable insertions).

Version 4.0 (build 1476)

  • Fix: pressing side buttons could lead to turn 2 pages instead of 1.
  • Fix: some SDHC cards were not recognized.

Version 4.0 (build 1470)

  • Optimization of touch reactivity and sensitivity.
  • Smoother animations and scrolling.
  • Fix on USB disconnections.
  • Fix on highlight and annotations (1 & 2 fingers).
  • Serial number visible in “About” box and in /system/sn.txt

Automated installation (Wi-Fi)

  • Connect the Cybook to the Internet (ebook store or browser), the latest firmware update is proposed, validate.
  • The firmware update is automatically downloaded then installed.
  • The device restarts automatically with the new software version.

Manual installation

  • Download the firmware update file from
  • Copy the file CybUpdate.bin onto a microSD card.
  • Switch off your Cybook (Home, “Settings”, “Advanced”, “Shutdown”).
  • Insert the microSD card.
  • Press the main button (central button below the screen) and keep it pressed while switching on the Cybook.
  • When the boot image appears (after about 2s), you can release the main button.
  • The firmware update will be launched and, once complete, will reboot the device automatically.

Happy reading,
Bookeen Team