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The eBook market is a very competitive one and many eBook Reading devices that were around in the early 2000s have now ceased to exist. Many of these belong to the dedicated eBook device category, like some of those listed on this page. As an eBook enthusiast myself, I feel that it is not very practical to own so many electronic devices ( one for communication, one for computing, one for reading ebook etc. ) The trend is towards integration of the different functions into a single device, and hence, the devices that survive for eBooks are mainly in the PDA category now.

However, I do feel that for the price of convenience and weight, one would have to make do with the tiny screen of the PDA instead of the usual 'paperback' size screen of a dedicated eBook reading device. (Perhaps when the Baby Boomers generation grows older and have poorer eyesight, the dedicated eBook Devices might become popular again!). PDAs (Personal Digital Assistants) that double-up as eBook Readers are popular. Most PDAs running the Microsoft Pocket PC 2002 to 2003 come with the Microsoft eBook Reader (but not all). Those that run on Palm OS may have basic Palm Reader installed. Many of these devices can also read eBooks in the MobiPocket Reader format.
My eBook Reader
Many dedicated ebook reading devices were not available for sale in Asia but now are becoming more common. I have a Cybook and now owns the Kindle too! Before that But I found a similarly priced ultramobile notebook which serves very well as an ebook! It is the ASUS Eee PC. It is very versatile as an ebook reader because I have a few ebook formats to choose from, it can display in color, and I can buy ebooks through the internet. The setbacks: battery life of 3.5hrs and small screen.
Now many people own an Apple iPad and can read ebooks straight from the device. Those who used to read from Kindle can now install a Kindle app and read Kindle ebooks on the iPad.

 

Dedicated eBook Reading Devices

The Kindle family of e-readers: Kindle Fire | Kindle Touch | Kindle DX | Kindle ... with Wi Fi and others with 3G. These wireless eBook Reading Device are available for both US and some, Internationally.

Product Overview
* Electronic-paper display provides a sharp, high-resolution screen that looks and reads like real paper.
* No computer, no cables, no syncing.
* Wireless connectivity - you shop the Kindle Store directly from your Kindle from anywhere, just like using a cell phone! When you buy a book, it is auto-delivered wirelessly in less than one minute.
* Read more than 250 top blogs from the worlds of business, technology, sports, entertainment, and politics, including BoingBoing, Slashdot, TechCrunch, ESPN's Bill Simmons, The Onion, Michelle Malkin, and The Huffington Post.
* eBook device is lighter and thinner than a typical paperback; weighs only 10.3 ounces and holds over 200 titles.
* Long battery life. Leave wireless on and recharge approximately every other day. Turn wireless off and read for a week or more before recharging. Fully recharges in 2 hours.
* Email your Word documents and pictures (.JPG, .GIF, .BMP, .PNG) to Kindle for easy on-the-go viewing.

Kindle 2: 6" Wireless Reading Device, US, (New Generation) is available used and the latest model. There are a wide variety of Kindle accessories available, including new covers from Cole Haan, Patagonia, and Belkin and more.

Features & Enhancements ...
Kindle 2: 6" Display, US Wireless Reading Device

  • Slim & Lightweight: Just over 1/3 inch and 10.2 ounces
  • Books in under 60 seconds: Get books delivered in less than 60 seconds; no PC required
  • Improved Display: Reads like real paper; now boasts 16 shades of gray for crisp images and text; even reads well in bright sunlight
  • Longer Battery Life: 25% longer battery life; read for days without recharging
  • More Storage: Take your library with you; holds over 1,500 books
  • Faster Page Turns: 20% faster page turns
  • Read-to-Me: Text-to-Speech feature means Kindle can read every book, blog, magazine, and newspaper out loud.
  • Low Book Prices: New York Times Best Sellers and New Releases $9.99, unless marked otherwise
Kindle DX: Amazon's New Addition To The Kindle Family (Latest Generation) - BIG 9.7" screen is suitable for reading periodicals, maps and even books with illustrations.
  • Slim: Just over 1/3 of an inch, as thin as most magazines
  • Carry Your Library: Holds up to 3,500 books, periodicals, and documents
  • Beautiful Large Display: 9.7" diagonal e-ink screen reads like real paper; boasts 16 shades of gray for clear text and sharp images
  • Auto-Rotating Screen: Display auto-rotates from portrait to landscape as you turn the device so you can view full-width maps, graphs, tables, and Web pages
  • Built-In PDF Reader: Native PDF support allows you to carry and read all of your personal and professional documents on the go
  • Wireless: 3G wireless lets you download books right from your Kindle DX, anytime, anywhere; no monthly fees, no annual contracts, and no hunting for Wi-Fi hotspots
  • Books In Under 60 Seconds: You get free wireless delivery of books in less than 60 seconds; no PC required
  • Long Battery Life: Read for days without recharging
  • Read-to-Me: With the text-to-speech feature, Kindle DX can read newspapers, magazines, blogs, and books out loud to you, unless the book's rights holder made the feature unavailable
  • Big Selection, Low Prices: Over 285,000 books; New York Times Best Sellers and New Releases are only $9.99, unless marked otherwise
  • More Than Books: U.S. and international newspapers including the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, magazines including The New Yorker and Time, plus popular blogs, all auto-delivered wirelessly

The NOOK family of ebook reading devices from Barnes and Noble: NOOK Simple Touch | NOOK Color | NOOK Tablet

Nook eReader with several newer versions (Nook Simple Touch, Nook Color, Nook Tablet & more). Over 1 million eBooks.

The older nook eReader is about the same size and weight as a paperback book. Height: 7.7 inches, Width: 4.9 inches, Depth: 0.5 inches, Weight: 12.1 ounces (343 grams). Download books in seconds. Free wireless from Barnes & Noble via AT&T, the nation's fastest 3G network. *Wi-Fi ( 802.11 b/g). Free Wi-Fi in all Barnes & Noble stores.

Supported Formats: Load these popular formats for eBooks, graphics and audio from your computer or microSD card.
From Barnes & Noble: Fictionwise & eReader, EPUB, PDB, PDF
Other Sources: EPUB (Non or Adobe DRM), PDB (Non DRM), PDF
Graphics: JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP
Audio: MP3

The CYBOOK eBook Readers family: Cybook Odtssey | Cybook Orizon | Cybook Opus | Cybook Gen 3


**Read Product Reviews (I own a Cybook) in my BLOG
ebook device: Cybook ebook reading device - Cybook Reader( A new model is on the way: It was described as having the 'size of a paperback, the thickness of a magazine and the weight of a mobile phone' and will 'give you the experience of reading from paper' ... www.bookeen.com ). The only Multi-format eBook Reading Device: Supports Mobipocket(PRC), HTML, TXT, RTF, PDB format. Support for .pdf is still under development. This is the only dedicated ebook device currently on sale at the United States - and is still being manufactured.

The Cybook has been designed to provide the best e-reading experience. Thanks to its bright and contrasted page size display and its sleek design, the Cybook is the ideal companion to discover the pleasure of digital reading. Opened and multi-format. The Cybook is the world's first true open multi-format e-book reader. No more printing, with the Cybook you can read all the digital documents you want. Boo Reader, Boo Reader Vision, Pocket Word, Pocket Inbox, Internet Explorer, PTab Spreadsheet, Audio Player


The KOBO family of eBook eReaders: KOBO Vox | KOBO Touch | KOBO Wi Fi

KOBO Vox features Vivid 7" multimedia screen, with brilliant color books for all ages, new social reading experience, web, email and over 500,000 apps on Google Play
KOBO Touch features 6" glare-free E Ink screen, natural touch navigation, and earn awards and share your Reading Life to Facebook Timeline
KOBO Wi Fi features 6" glare-free E Ink screen, adjustable fonts and views, long lasting battery and includes 100 free classics

The LIBRE family of eBook Readers from Aluratek: Libre Pro eBook Reader | LIBRE Air eBook Reader WiFi | LIBRE Touch eBook Reader with WiFi


Libre Pro eBook Reader: Supports PDF (Adobe Digital Edition DRM/non-DRM), TXT, FB2, EPUB (Adobe Digital Edition DRM/non-DRM), MOBI (non-DRM only), PRC (non-DRM only)and RTF electronic book format / Supports BMP, JPG, GIF, animated GIF picture format / Includes 100 free eBooks / Content search for easy navigation between books and pages / Bookmark and auto page turn function / Adjustable font type and size / Screen rotation support (portrait and landscape mode) / Built-in MP3 player with background playback support / SD card slot - up to 32GB / Internal lithium-ion polymer battery (24 hrs continuous use / 2 weeks standby time / Battery level indicator and low level warning / 1 Year Warranty

LIBRE Air eBook Reader WiFi : Read about its features.
LIBRE Touch eBook Reader with WiFi: Read about its features.

Dedicated eBook Reading Devices - Past

My passion for ebook devices started way back in 2002; witnessing the transformation of technology and design while the cost of ebook devices become more affordable. Below are few models of how ebook devices used to look like in the past. They are bulkier and heavier.

Pepper Pad 3

PepperPad It's also an eBook! (mouse over image to preview)
Read about the exciting things that Pepper Pad 3 could do. It is feature-rich!
Product Features:
* Surf, shop, do research, plan a vacation, check the weather and more
* Seven inch color display with touch screen for beautiful photos, videos and Web pages
* Bluetooth 2.0 device support for use with a full-size keyboard and/or mouse
* 20 GB disk drive, that's hundreds of photos and videos you can store
* Rechargeable lithium batteries plus smart power management

Franklin eBookMan

3 models available. This eBook device has some PDA functions, and doesn't cost as much as the other eBooks. You can listen to a song, schedule meeting, take note and listen to a book; several functions in the palm of your hand. Several models available.
Cost: USD$99.95 to $175.95
Weight: 6.5 oz
Size: 5.7" x 3.39" x 0.69"


Easyread (Personal Digital Reader)

Easyread Chinese eBook reading DeviceThe Easyread Personal Digital Reader uses the Culturecom 1610 33MHz CPU. This innovative 1610 33MHz CPU was invented and developed by the father of Chinese computer, Mr Chu Bong Foo. The CPU, O/S, RAM and relevant software is to be found on one single chip. The CPU is capable of displaying approximately 32,000 traditional Chinese characters.

The PDR also supports insertion of 8MB EBK cards via expansion slot. A piece of 8MB EBK card can store approximately 3.8 million Chinese characters (equivalent to 20 paperback novels).Easyread uses SSCT LCD which provides a non-flashy and high resolution display.

The PDR operates on two AA batteries and approximately 18,000 pages can be read (each page contains about 400 characters). Easyread package includes a EBK converter which would convert RTF, DOC, HTML and TXT etc. files directly to the PDR supported EBK format. (Probably obsolete now.)

Cost: about USD180
Weight: 350 grams
Size: (18.8 x 14.8 x 2.1)mm
Memory: 8 MB Built-in Flash Memory

Hanlin eReader V8

Hanlin eReader V8

Screen:600*800 6inches
OS:Wolf OS
Format Support:WOLF,HTML,MP3,TXT.
Communication:N/A
Touch Panel:Only slave display
Expected Release Date:available

Retail Price:$299
Learn more about Hanlin eReader V8: Product details
Hanlin eReader V2

Hanlin eReader V2

Screen:600*800 6inches
OS:Wolf Linux
Format Support:PDF,DOC,WOLF,HTML,JPG,TXT,CHM,RAR,ZIP, Images ETC
Communication:N/A
Touch Panel:Only slave display
Expected Release Date:Only cooperators

Retail Price:$349
Learn more about Hanlin eReader V2: Product details

Kolin eBook Reader

Kolin eBook reading Device
The Kolin eBook Reader supports DOC, HTML, TXT, PDF, XLS, PPT, BMP, JPG, GIF, MP3 formats.

Hiebook

hiebook eBook reading deviceHiebook is Korean made. This eBook device comes with these features: stores documents, addresses and schedules, MP3 player, you can draw pictures, take notes, record and play back audio messages, has handwriting recognition ability, play games. At present, the eBook titles for this eBook reading device target IT professionals.



Cost was USD200 - 300 (This device is now obsolete.)
Weight: 8.8 oz
Size: 4.5" x  5.75" x 0.67"

RCA REB 1100

RCA REB 1100 eBook reading device
RCA REB 1100 has a built-in telephone modem for eBook shopping without a PC. The displaycan be rotated - good for left-handed people. While reading a book, you can highlight a word and look it up in a dictionary.

Cost: (This device is no longer on sale.)
Weight:18 oz
Size: that of a paperback
Battery: 20 - 40 hours
8 MB flash holds about 8 books



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eBook Devices

As more devices become available, this list will be updated:

Ectaco jetBook Color

Sony 'Reader Wi-Fi'

ASUS 'Eee Reader DR900'

Movistar eReader

eGriver Touch / IDEO

Pandigital Novel eReaders

BeBook Pure Ereader / NEO Ereader

Cool-ER Reader

eSlick Digital Book Reader

Elonex eTouch

iRiver Story HD Digital Ebook Reader

Fnackbook

Agebook+6

Older dedicated ebook devices by different companies.

eBook devices technology is evolving very fast and many of older devices have become obsolete.Portable Reader System PRS-500 by Sony

Sony ebook device PRS-500



Sony LIBRIe e-Book Reader
ebook device: Sony LIBRIe ebook reader

Price: 41,790 Yen

STAReBOOK STK-101 by eREAD

ebook reader: STAReBOOK reader


iLiad Reader by iRex Technologies

ebook reader: iLiad e-reader device

E Ink Technology
E.INK: E Ink High Resolution Electronic Paper Displays are ideal for applications such as ebook devices.
Nuvomedia Rocket eBook
Nuvomedia Rocket eBook
This eBook has a higher contrast screen and a larger memory. It is monochrome, can hold about 10 books and thousands of pages of magazines and newspaper. You can make notes on the margin, underline text, set bookmarks and find specific pages with this eBook. It is compatible with PC or Mac but is no longer in production.
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