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Cybook Odyssey update now available!

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

We have great news for Cybook Odyssey users today: charge your battery, because the major upgrade you’ve been waiting for is available for download now!

We want to thank again all our beta-testers who gave us such excellent feedback during the testing period over the summer; your help was invaluable. This upgrade provides a completely new interface and many brand-new features, so a lot of development and testing was necessary to be sure it would work with all the Cybook Odyssey models. :)


Here’s what you’ll find in the new version:

Software update for Cybook Odyssey Firmware « Boo reader 6.2 »

This update is compatible with all models of the Cybook Odyssey range (Odyssey (2011,2012) Odyssey 2013 edition, HD FrontLight (2012), Frontlight (2013).

Contents of the update (Build 2316)

  • Pure and Simple Interface
    Thanks to this update, the cybook Odyssey interface is even more intuitive and light. We’ve removed superfluous frames, lines, and shaded zones to improve visibility and simplify navigation.
  • New Library management possibilities
    Now you can store and organize your books by collection with numerous sorting features in addition to using our traditional folder view.
  • SDK adobe Update : Adobe RMSDK update from version 9.2 to 10.0
    • PDF reflow improvements
    • CSS optimisation
    • Bug fix on small issues
  • Annotations
    New Annotations menu: notes and highlights have their own menu for simpler access. (Note export is planned for a future update.) Tip: to add a note or highlight, touch the beginning and end of the text you want to select, and hold until you see the text highlighted. A dialogue box with the options « Add highlight » and « Add note » will appear.
  • Text Search
    This is a brand new feature. Now on you can search for occurrences of a key word in the text of your book by selecting the word, the same way you consult the dictionary. Just press your finger on the word you want until you see it highlighted to bring up the search options. You can also search for any word in your book or in the dictionary, by simply typing it into the on-screen keyboard.
  • Bookmarks
    The use of bookmarks stays the same, but a new management menu is added.
    Tip: to add a bookmark, tap the top right corner of the screen. You can remove a bookmark by tapping again.
  • Text settings
    The text settings interface has been completely reorganised for fluid and easy use. The main settings are now presented together on one page for easy access.

    • Margins, Line spacing and Justification
      Three new options are now proposed to adapt the page layout to your preferences.
    • New Font
      New Caecilia Font fully optimized to ereaders is added (Monotype licence).
  • Pageometer
    A pageometer makes book navigation even faster. Tap the lower edge of the screen to access it. Use the slider to move through your book, or tap the page number to bring up a numerical keypad and enter the page you want directly.
  • PDF management
    A new PDF surf function with a miniature page map is now available. This miniature lets you see where you are in the page instantly in zoom mode.
  • Progress bar
    A progress bar on the Home page tells you at a glance how much of your book you’ve read.
  • Sleep mode screens
    In addition to your own images, you can now use a book cover as your sleep mode screen. Choose your favourite, or automatically display the cover of the book you’re reading.
  • Dictionary
    Addition of a multiple dictionary manager: choose which dictionaries to use, and the order to display dictionary results in. We include the Cambridge English dictionary and a light English to French dictionary.
    This manager makes it easy to add more dictionaries if needed.

Simply connect your Cybook to a Wi-Fi network for an instant update and follow the procedure…

NB Please charge your Cybook Odyssey’s battery for at least 2 hours before installing the update!

Happy reading!
Bookeen Team

Note for users of THALIA ODYSSEY : 

This update will also be available for Thalia Odyssey, we are just waiting for validation from the Thalia team that there is no conflict with the customisations we implemented for them on the original firmware. :)

Dieses Update ist auch für Thalia Odyssey, wir warten nur auf die Validierung von der Thalia-Team, dass es keinen Konflikt mit den Anpassungen, die wir für sie auf der Original-Firmware implementiert verfügbar sein. :)


This update will enter its final testing phase at Thalia at the end of the week, with publication scheduled within 15 days! We apologise for the long wait and we thank you for your patience!

Dieses Update wird seine letzte Testphase bei Thalia am Ende der Woche mit der Veröffentlichung innerhalb von 15 Tagen geplant eingeben! Wir entschuldigen uns für die lange Wartezeit und wir danken Ihnen für Ihre Geduld!


This update is now available for Thalia Odyssey!

Dieses Update ist jetzt Thalia Odyssey vorhanden!

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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And retrace Bookeen’s first 10 years in photos, here: and on our blog, in the posts tagged “Bookeen Story

Upgrade 5.2 for Cybook Odyssey

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

We’re very happy to tell you that the firmware upgrade 5.2 is now available for Cybook Odyssey (1st generation as well as HD FrontLight)

This upgrade brings improved autonomy, new features such as pdf reflow for first generation Odyssey, as well as bug fixes.

You’ll find all the details here :

Happy reading to all of you!

Bookeen Team


Bookeen and Thalia expand their collaboration

Thursday, November 15th, 2012
Paris, 8th November 2012
Bookeen Press Release / Increased partnership with Thalia, Germany

After launching the Cybook Odyssey in June, Bookeen, the European leader in e-reading, joined forces with Thalia, the #1 Bookseller in Germany, to lead the digital market in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

In November Thalia will launch Bookeen’s Cybook Odyssey HD FrontLight and the Cybook Odyssey 2013 Edition within 300 stores.

Thalia will be the exclusive German bookseller selling the Cybook Odyssey HD FrontLight during the Christmas period.

Thalia will offer the brand new Cybook Odyssey HD FrontLight, the best illuminated e-reader ever. With this device Bookeen brings to Thalia premium technology ahead of what Amazon and Kobo are offering. Thalia will also sell the Cybook Odyssey 2013 edition. Both Cybook Odysseys will be provided with a Thalia e-book store embedded.

This announcement further strengthens Bookeen’s international strategy which is focused on delivering e-reading devices on a global basis with a Cybook Odyssey e-reader solution and a strong content management system.

This partnership affirms Bookeen’s position as the only European competitor to the Amazon Kindle and Kobo e-readers.

Michael Busch, Thalia CEO:
“We at Thalia have a solid foundation of experience in eBooks and eReading. This expanded partnership with Bookeen, after a very successful launch in June, is therefore an important step as it brings together our common experience in this domain. Our customers will be able to discover Bookeen’s new FrontLight technology within major bookshops thanks to our expert booksellers. The rapid developments in the e-reader market as well as the increase in the distribution of eBooks justifies Thalia’s strategy to invest in this sector.”

Michael Dahan, Bookeen CEO:
“Thalia has clearly proven to be one of the most influential booksellers in Europe by taking a leading position in this new digital revolution. We had an amazing start to our partnership during the summer and this is a great opportunity for Bookeen to broaden this collaboration by bringing our new products and innovation to German customers by working with Thalia. By offering our new Cybook Odyssey HD FrontLight exclusively to Thalia in Germany this is clearly a key step in our partnership going forward.”

About Bookeen
Based in Paris, France, selling Cybooks in more than 50 countries, the Bookeen team – experts in ebooks since 1998 – have developed numerous e-reading solutions over the past 13 years (Hardware and software). Bookeen is proud to be bringing innovation to the market through this new FrontLight technology or HSIS, a technology featured for the first time in its Cybook Odyssey device.
Bookeen also offers its very own bookstore solution, featured on the Cybook Orizon & Odyssey devices and accessible online at
Bookeen Press contacts:
Jean-François Kitten, +33 6 11 29 30 28.
Imogen Bailey, +33 1 83 64 77 06
About the Bookeen Cybook Odyssey HD FrontLight
The Cybook Odyssey HD FrontLight is the brand new e-reader from Bookeen. The HD FrontLight technology enables e-book pages to be illuminated with a layer of light and is inbuilt with a High Definition tactile screen which uses e-ink. This new e-reader benefits from an unparalleled rapidity thanks to Bookeen’s High Speed Ink System and it is also optimized with an autonomy which allows many weeks of reading time. The Bookeen interface has been improved yet again to produce an ultra intuitive navigation for the tactile screen or mechanical buttons. The interface enables PDF Reflow (simplification of the formatting of PDFs). Free dictionaries are offered and the Cybook Odyssey HD FrontLight is enriched with a range of content which the reader can increase just with a few touches of the screen in order to freely access the online library of their choice via Wi-Fi connection.
About Thalia:
With nearly 300 bookstores in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, around 5270 employees and an annual turnover of around € 935 million (2010/11) Thalia is market leader in the retail book trade within German-speaking countries. The company is also a true multi-channel dealer in the German book market: equally competent and close to the reader in both classical bookstores and its online shop, Thalia offers its customers competence and inspiring shopping experience in “real” and in the “virtual” world of books. Thalia, is part of Douglas Holding AG.

For more information and details regarding Thalia, please contact:
Ms. Mirjam Berle
Head of Corporate Communication & Social Relations
Thalia Holding GmbH, Kabeler Straße 4, D-58099 Hagen
Phone: +49(0)2331/690-6319, Fax: +49(0)2331/690-6322, Mobile: +49(0)175/2434539