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Endless Ideas BeBook eBook Reader - Endless Ideas BeBook eBook Reader

Niall Magennis

By Niall Magennis

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Summary

Our Score:

7

As with all the other main ebooks on the market the BeBook uses an E Ink display with a resolution of 600 x 800. This is a high contrast, grey scale screen that doesn't use a back light and doesn't suffer from flicker. It produces a rock solid image that's incredibly readable. Unlike LCD screens, you can comfortably stare at the BeBook's display for hours and not suffer any eye strain. It really is very close to the printed page in terms of readability. That said the BeBook's screen can only show four shades of grey, whereas the PRS-505 can display eight and the iRex Iliad sixteen.

Nevertheless, this is only really noticeable when you're using the display to show pictures, although you may notice it if you're a fan of graphic novels. Page turns take between two and three seconds, which is in line with all the other ebook readers we've used. The lag is to do with the nature of E Ink technology, as the screen first has to be blanked before it can be refreshed to show the new page.

None of the ebooks on the market are exactly stuffed with internal storage, but with 512MB of memory this one has more than most. It also has an SD card slot at the top that accepts cards of up to 4GB in size, so storage space shouldn't really be a problem.

The BeBook doesn't come with any software. Instead, when you connect it to your computer it appears as a standard removable drive so you can drag and drop files onto it. A pretty wide variety of file formats are supported including pdf, mobi, prc, epub, lit, txt, fb2, doc, html, rtf, djvu, wol, ppt, mbp, chm, bmp, jpg, png, gif and tif. On the whole it did a very good job of displaying the various file formats and it handled PDF files better than the Sony did when we had it in for review. The mobipocket support is also welcome as it enables you to sync RSS feeds to the reader when it's connected to your PC.

Chris2510

December 31, 2008, 2:13 pm

As much as I don't like the closed systems, and other things that they do, I wish Apple would have a look at doing an ebook reader - then we may get something that would have an interface worth using... can't see it happening though.

Ricky Archer

December 31, 2008, 3:58 pm

I paid ١.59 for the 'Classics' on the iTunes app store and it works a treat, you can adjust the text size to suit and it's bright for reading in the dark. If you don't want to pay, then get eReader for free! Better still, as it's on my phone it's one less thing to carry.

Gerry009

January 2, 2009, 3:07 am

Hear, hear, I really don't see the point of all these dedicated gizmos. My smartphone does the same job and I have several hundred books (.lit format) on a mini sd chip. Likewise mp3 files, so why buy a dedicated player? It also understands what I say to it (voiceCommand.exe) so whinging about the mobile windoze interface become fairly irrelevant.





I suppose if you really want to sound like a set of castanets walking up the street then having all these gadgets in your pocket is the way to go. I'll stick to my ancient HTC Wizard which still does all I require of it.

Hamish Campbell

January 2, 2009, 12:44 pm

errrr I think the e-ink display might just be the attraction. I'm sure anyone can appreciate the difference between reading off real paper and an lcd screen, this stff addresses that

Frank 2

January 7, 2009, 12:25 pm

I bought this BeBook device and swiftly returned it to Amazon.


It crashes constantly and using SDcards is a nightmare.


In my opinion this device is for users who like to spend hours with upgrading firmware, scrolling through the BeBook forum in order to resolve the numerous errors of the BeBook reader. Taken together, this product is simply not market ready. Furthermore, the unit feels flimsy and is really way over-priced.

Ann Drummond

August 4, 2009, 7:48 am

I love my Bebook! I've had it almost a year and I'm not sure how I managed without it. I've just been overseas and I was able to load more books than I could possible read in the time I was away. I could never have packed so many books given baggage costs. The cost of ebooks is a bit pricey and hopefully in time they will come down. Anyone interested in an e-reader should take a look at the Bebook. A number of formats can be used on it, its easy to use (intuitively so) and the battery life is long so you can read many books before recharging. Also if you’re like me and live outside of the USA the kindle really isn’t an option. If you go ahead and purchase a bebook you can use my discount coupon to get a discount of 25 Euro (ann.drummond@princehenrys.org)

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