Bookeen announced at IDPF’s Digital Book 2009 Conference that they will be launching the Cybook Opus (see last slide in the pdf presentation), a new pocket ebook reader with a 5″ eInk screen, in June 2009.
Its rather interesting with the following features -
- It fits in your pocket and is small and light (weights just 5.3 ounces).
- Cybook Opus has a nice 5″ screen with 200 dpi resolution.
- There’s 1 GB storage capacity.
- Folder management (as a Kindle 2 owner that makes me envious).
- You can operate it with one hand.
- Includes ePub and PDF support.
- There are 12 different font sizes (makes me wonder what the largest size on a 5″ screen would look like).
- There’s a motion sensor (probably to allow landscape mode and switching views).
- Customizable layout (no idea what this means).
Bookeen lay out their strategy and mention several interesting things -
- They’ll develop various products including a larger than 10″ screen electronic textbook reader with note taking and PDF support.
- Expected sales in 2009 of 50K ereaders (which will be triple that of 2008).
- Enter US market in June 2009 (this actually confuses me as I thought they already had their products available in the US).
- Already cover all of Europe.
- Tie-ups with Virgin Group, W.H.Smith, Pixmania and several other large retailers (all UK and Europe).
- Their Cybook Gen 3 product has a user interface available in 12 different languages.
- Their current typical customer is an Avid Reader or Traveller (age over 35 years).
MobileRead managed to find a picture while Bookeen’s site has none (guess they can’t figure out what pocket they left their Opus demo model in) -
My Take on the Cybook Opus
Its great to see new products coming out. The addition of the Motion Sensor and Folder Management are nice touches. Bookeen claim to have a library with 150,000 books available and they have a pretty decent retail presence (especially in UK and France).
New products and new features will give Amazon some incentive to improve Kindles faster and keep adding good features like AutoRotate. More competition hopefully also leads to some truly innovative products.