Archive for May, 2013

2011: The Cybook Odyssey

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Bookeen Story: Chapter 5

2011 brings two revolutions for Bookeen: the arrival of the Cybook Odyssey, and strong partnerships with major European bookstore chains.

After the nomadic Opus and the slim and elegant Orizon, the Odyssey is the result of several years of research to accelerate the migration of the electronic ink in the screen. This exclusive technology provides a responsiveness and speed previously impossible on an e-ink screen.

In February 2011, for the first time, Bookeen demonstrates video playback on an e-ink screen, then in May a new video demonstrates scrolling in real-time, opening new possibilities for touch-screen navigation. These two demonstrations soar to the top of E-Ink Infos “Best of 2011” list, more often occupied by US companies.

In November 2011, the Cybook Odyssey is launched. Bookeen’s HSIS (High Speed Ink System) technology makes it extremely rapid, as shown by the animated covers when you open a book, or the scrolling menus. Dictionary look-up is implemented shortly after launch, with a selection of dictionaries.

With its compact design, its touch-screen interface as well as physical buttons, the Cybook Odyssey is a holiday best-seller.

2011 also marks the beginning of new partnerships: with Virgin in France, and an Odyssey branded with the famous capital V, as well as a significant partnership in Italy with La Feltrinelli. These are the beginnings of a new model which will fully develop in 2012, in which Bookeen provides an innovative technical solution to major European booksellers, capable of managing the on-board bookstores of all our clients.

Cybook Odyssey signed by Harlan Coben

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Late 2010: The Cybook Orizon and the Bookeen Store

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Bookeen Story: Chapter 4

In light of the success of the 5-inch Cybook Opus, Bookeen decides to complete their offer with a larger model. In addition, this new Cybook will offer an on-board bookstore, accessible via wifi, and a touchscreen interface.

The goal of creating a super-thin device requires Bookeen’s team to perform technical prowesses, as Bookeen intends to propose a large screen device with an innovative design, without sacrificing the solidity and robustness of the reader.

At the end of October 2010, Bookeen pulls out all the stops with the launch of the Cybook Orizon, available in white and black, and the launch of their on-board bookshop, the Bookeen Store, with over 30,000 french-language books available.

The design of the Orizon is extremely elegant. Its extraordinarily thin profile, only 7.6mm, makes it the thinnest reader in the world.

Cybook Orizon, photo by Deividas T.

With this new arrival, Bookeen proposes on the one hand a highly portable reader, the 5’’ Cybook Opus, and on the other hand the larger 6’’ Cybook Orizon, with a touchscreen interface and on-board bookstore.

These two Cybooks will be the stars of a poster campaign in the Parisian subway, to coincide with the Paris Book Fair.

Serial reader?

Hungry for books?

The Cybook Orizon meets with great success during the holidays.

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2009-2010: The Cybook Opus

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Bookeen Story : Chapter 3

Following the success of the the Gen3, the first e-ink Cybook, in early 2008 Bookeen lays the groundwork for a new project which will become the Cybook Opus.

Cybook Opus

From the beginning, the intent is for the Opus to be a “nomad”. It must be compact (pocket-sized), lightweight, and easy to use. Bookeen takes on the product design in-house in addition to developing the proprietary Boo Reader software, setting Bookeen apart from the numerous companies who, inspired by the success of the Cybook Gen3, Amazon Kindle, and Sony Reader, begin selling OEM readers under their own brands. This marks the inauguration of readers “Made In Bookeen”.

This preliminary design was not selected

The design is honed through many iterations for the most comfortable, lightest shape possible. The first design, after considerable refinement, is finally abandoned in favour of what would be the definitive, ultra-compact design of the Opus, and the Cybook Opus is launched in August 2009 in white, then in mid-2010, in a rainbow of 8 different colours, which become the Opus’ design signature. This new Cybook is the lightest in the world, at only 150 grams.With its 5-inch screen it fits in even the smallest hand and can be easily slipped into a handbag or even a jacket pocket.

This reader also marks the arrival of epub. The Opus will even allow the reader to switch between epub and mobi format for some time, until Amazon (who bought Mobipocket to develop their catalogue) makes the format completely proprietary, and the Cybooks definitively adopt the open, standard epub format.

The Cybook Opus becomes a real success. Sold in over 50 countries, it travels around the globe, the happy nomad it was meant to be, as you can see in the photos sent by Bookeeners the world over for our first Cybook Parade!

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Cybook Opus Longest Road, Australia

Cybook Opus at the beginning of the Longest Road, in Australia. Photo by Marie J.