updated 03:40 pm EDT, Thu September 24, 2009
Bookeen keeps prices low of Cybook Opus e-reader
Bookeen has delivered its promised e-book reader, the 5-inch Cybook Opus. It is meant as a simpler and more affordable alternative to the likes of the latest Amazon Kindle and Sony Readers. It lacks a touchscreen and at just a third of a pound is much lighter than either. Internal storage capacity is 1GB, which can hold as much as 1,000 books. A microSD memory card slot lets users expand the memory capacity.
Users have the option of 12 display fonts as well as four grayscale levels, with books that can be read in either portrait or landscape mode. The 600x800 resolution screen is viewable in direct sunlight, while battery life is said to allow 8,000 consecutive page turns.
To keep prices low, there is no Wi-Fi or 3G data connection, with content transferred either through the memory card or a standard USB 2.0 connection. Most major online digital bookstores are supported through support for EPUB books as well as PDF files. It also handles less complex HTML, TXT, JPG, GIF and PNG files.
The Cybook Opus is available now and priced at the equivalent of $320 in the UK and France. There is no indication if or when it is slated for a North American release. It ships with 75 books, including Moby Dick and The Jungle Book. [via T3]