New Bookeen CyBook Gen3 reopens the dedicated ebook reader debate


Bookeen_smallFew topics get readers as worked up as when discussing whether dedicated ebook readers are the cat’s meow or not.  Amazon recently was talking up their sales numbers for the Kindle and Sony has been pushing their Reader for quite some time.  While dedicated ebook readers are certainly good ways to enjoy ebooks I prefer reading them on my phone due to its constant presence on my person.  That doesn’t take away the enjoyable reading experience that is offered by a good ebook reader, however, and the latest generation of the Bookeen Cybook Gen3 looks pretty sweet.  This third generation CyBook is certainly thin and light and with an SD slot can hold the biggest ebook libraries.  Throw in the ability to play MP3 audio files and the CyBook is a dandy device.  The only drawback for some will be the $350 price tag, a pretty hefty one for something just for reading books.  Of course that is cheaper than the Kindle so that might not be too bad.  It’s a pretty spiffy looking reader for sure.  It handles Mobipocket format ebooks making it pretty useful for exisiting libraries.

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IMHO, the world’s best e-book reader is the iPhone/iPod touch. Great screens, tons of books available through eReader and Fictionwise… and they have a few nice non-e-book features as well. :)


@bluemonq: might want to try a sony reader with the new firmware update. They now do reflow on some pdf’s, and it seems more responsive to me.

Probably depends on the pdf though, and I haven’t done too much testing on mine (just updated the firmware, and now I’m in the midst of exams)


@bluemonq. The problem is that Bookeen offers only one method of shipping, the $33 FedEx. There is no other option.

The Kindle, which costs $9 more has four levels of shipping, starting at free and going up to $18. The most expensive shipping through Amazon is $1 for overnight express. Still significantly cheaper than the Bookeen.



@dan: How much does that Kindle cost when you bump up the shipping to FedEx Express or the UPS equivalent?


“The only drawback for some will be the $350 price tag, a pretty hefty one for something just for reading books. Of course that is cheaper than the Kindle so that might not be too bad.”

Price:$359.00 & eligible for free shipping

$350 plus FedEx Express shipping $33

Come again on the price difference???


The price comparison to the Kindle is slightly flawed since the Kindle includes connectivity as well e-readability (new work!).

There are rumors of a new Kindle coming out this fall. It will be interesting to see what it is like – form factor, connectivity, price, compatibility.

Although normally an early adopter, I have held off on the Kindle, wanting to see what V2 is like. I do read books and mags on my Tablet, so I am a viable candidate for one of these devices.



I would be tempted to get one if it could actualy render PDF format at a decent speed, which most of my reading material is in. Seems to be a flaw with the Sony Readers, and having to convert documents for the Kindle by emailing them one at a time doesn’t seem very fun; do they do batch conversions?

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