updated 09:50 pm EDT, Wed September 22, 2010
Device focused on European markets
Bookeen has introduced its latest e-book reader, the Cybook Orizon, which features a multi-touch display with improved contrast. The company claims its touchscreen implementation does not compromise the display readability, even in direct sunlight. Multi-touch gestures can be used to change pages, annotate, highlight text, or adjust the character size.
The new reader also brings Wi-Fi connectivity and a sleeker housing, with a thickness of just 0.29 inches and weighing 8.6 ounces. In comparison, Amazon's latest Kindle measures 0.34 inches thick with weight ranging from 8.5 to 8.7 ounces depending on the particular model.
Although the hardware is on-par with American alternatives, the Orizon will be focused on customers in European markets. French customers will have the widest range of content available immediately following the initial launch, with 25,000 titles from 185 publishers. The device will be released in many other European countries, such as Italy and Spain, by the end of the year.
Bookeen will begin taking pre-orders for the Cybook Orizon on September 25, with pricing set at 230€ (~$308 USD).