Bookeen breaks the boundaries for electronic ink

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

6 thoughts on “Bookeen breaks the boundaries for electronic ink

  1. Sounds great!
    Approximately how many frames per second is it capable of? When will this be available to north America customers? Also does the faster screen mean less battery life?


  2. Thats great news. When can we expect the ereader to be available for purchase? Any tentative schedules?

    The faster this device comes out the better for bookeen – as lot of people are thinking to invest their money in the new Kindle Touch, if they have an option around the sametime then they can evaluate/buy it, otherwise once people have invested in a device they are unlikely to upgrade.


  3. Hi, this new reader of yours seems great!

    When will you release more information about it?
    I had decided to buy a new t1 reader from Sony, but now I might wait for this… Can you reveal whether it will allow for free hand writing, like the sony readers?

    Good luck with the sales of your reader!


  4. Hi!

    I´m the happy owner of an 3 year old Opus and think the Odyssey is nice news!
    When will it be available in Sweden and what will be the expected price in euro.
    Do you have any technical specs on the Odyssey?

    Best regards
    Mac in Sweden


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