Bookeen is a French company and a European pioneer for electronic books. After having contributed towards the design of the first Cybook and its associated services for Cytale as early as 1998, Laurent Picard and Michaël Dahan created Bookeen in 2003. Since then, Bookeen has become the innovative supplier of e-book reading systems. Bookeen has acquired a unique experience in the e-book market with the launch of the five generations of e-reader, has sold hundreds of thousands of e-readers across 70 countries and millions of e-books have been downloaded. Today, Bookeen spoke with me on the phone and mentioned they have two new devices being announced next week.
The new Odyssey frontlight will feature six inch touchscreen with a new optimized lighting function, 4GB of memory instead of 2. It will retail for a paltry 99 euros in order to compete with new entrants into the European market. Battery life should be fairly amazing with nine weeks of reading every single day.
The second e-reader to be mentioned was the new Cybook Ocean. This is a new 7 inch device with a resolution of 1024×758. It bears a striking resemblance to the Kobo Aura HD, but with a larger screen. You will see a whopping ten weeks of battery life, which should be perfect for your average reader. This edition will come out in the second week of November and retail for 160 Euros.
Both e-Readers will have Bookeens software that have spent a number of years refining in their R&D labs. The one element I really like is their inertia scrolling, you can flick your finger downwards and it will actually keep going until you stop. This is the type of functionality that people who have tablets normally enjoy. Also, Bookeen has a fairly awesome internet browser to take advantage of the built in WIFI. Finally, both readers will have physical page turn buttons because customers have been responding positively to this type of hardware.