How Does Kindle “Stack-Up” with Others? – Part 1(Kindle VS Bookeen Cybook)

How does kindle “stack up” with other electronic book readers such as the Bookeen Cybook, the iRex’s iLiad, The Sony e-reader, the RCA REB 1100, the Kohn, the Hanlin eReader, and the Easyread?

Say what? You did not know there were others? Well, glad to enlighten you. Anyway, that’s not my purpose here. My purpose is to look into the Kindle crystal ball and try to figure out where it will end up. Will it fly off into the sunset of obscurity never to be noticed by the public again? Or, will it appear in every hand, on every desk, in every classroom, in every backpack, or in every purse? Will it travel to foreign countries far and wide”racking up” frequent flyer mileages beyond compare and eventually find itself in even the most remote crevice of the globe? Or, should we look for another?

Well, let’s do what the “thinker brains” do, use the past to predict the future. In this case, the past e-readers, one predecessor at at time. We will begin with the Bookeen Cybook

The Comparison
Well by now, if you have been paying attention, you should know that Kindle offers: wireless download of all its content in under a minute, electronic paper display technology, content in the form of 90,000 plus books, some Newspapers, numerous Magazines, and blogs, audio capability, and more…with a few drawbacks.

But, what does the Cybook offer? .

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If you have a Cybook, here’s what you will be able to do: read all the free and paid eBooks, and even your own content as long as it’s in compatible format – the price tag? $399 – same as Kindle. Is it worth it? Take a look at the chart below then decide for yourself…

FEATURES

Bookeen Cybook

KINDLE

Display

  • 6 inch E Ink® Vizplex screen
    electronic paper- utilizing a breakthrough technology.
  • 600 x 800 pixel resolution approximately 166dpi (dots per inch)
  • black and white screen –4 grayscale
  • Screen is based on the Vizplex electronic paper screen. Vizplex is the newest, fastest and brightest electronic paper display.
  • 6 inch diagonal electrophoretic –electronic-paper display
  • 600 x 800 pixel resolution.
  • 4-level gray scale
  • Provides a sharp, high-resolution screen that looks and reads like real paper


Size

  • 7.4″ x 4.7″ x 0.3″
    6.13 ounces
  • 188 x 118 x 8.5 mm
  • 4.9 inches x 7.5 inches x 0.7 inches
  • 134.5 mm x 190 mm x 18 mm

Computer Requirement

  • Requires computer for content download – Connect the Cybook with the USB cable to any host computer and drag and drop your files.

  • Simple to use: no computer, no cables, no syncing as long as you are in a wireless “hot spot.”

Format

  • Mobipocket PRC
  • PalmDoc (encapsulated in PDB files. eReader PDB files not supported)
  • HTML (Frames, javascript and tables are not supported)
  • Text (Text files using a specific font (like Cyrillic) need a modification in Cybook settings)
  • PDF (DRM & forms not supported)
  • JPG
  • GIF
  • PNG
  • MP3(DRM not supported)
  • TTF (Can be added to the device)
  • Microsoft Word (.DOC)
  • Structured HTML (.HTML, .HTM)
  • JPEG (.JPEG, .JPG)
  • GIF (.GIF)
  • PNG (.PNG)
  • BMP (.BMP)
  • PDF (experimental )
  • Text (.txt)
  • Amazon Kindle (.azw),
  • Unprotected Mobipocket books (.prc, .mobi)
  • Audible Audio books (.aa)
  • MP3 Music files (.mp3).

Expansion

  • Memory card storage media
  • 2 GB – represents 10 000 standard books in Mobipocket, HTML or text.
  • SD slot for additional storage varying capacity: 1GB, 2GB, 4GB… you choose.

Connectivity

  • No wireless connectivity. Books must be downloaded via computer with USB cable connector

  • EVDO/CDMA Wireless modem connectivity enables you to shop the Kindle Store directly from your Kindle—whether you’re in the back of a taxi, at the airport, or in bed.

  • Unlike WiFi, Kindle utilizes the same high-speed data network (EVDO) as advanced cell phones—so you never have to locate a hotspot.

  • Computer connectivity in non-wireless areas.

Content Delivery Time

  • Much more time with computer/USB hook-up.

  • Buy a book and it is auto-delivered wirelessly in less than one minute.

Content

  • 45,000 premium or 10,000 free titles from Mobipocket publishers.

  • More than 90,000 books available, including more than 95 of 112 current New York Times® Best Sellers and all New Releases $9.99, unless marked otherwise.

  • Top U.S. newspapers including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post; top magazines including TIME, Atlantic Monthly, and Forbes—all auto-delivered wirelessly

  • Top international newspapers from France, Germany, and Ireland; Le Monde, Frankfurter Allgemeine, and The Irish Times—all auto-delivered wirelessly

  • More than 250 top blogs from the worlds of business, technology, sports, entertainment, and politics, including BoingBoing, Slashdot, TechCrunch, ESPN’s Bill Simmons, The Onion, Michelle Malkin, and The Huffington Post—all updated wirelessly throughout the day.

  • Email your Word documents and pictures (.JPG, .GIF, .BMP, .PNG) to Kindle for easy on-the-go viewing.

  • Free book samples. Download and read first chapters for free before you decide to buy.

Weight

  • 174 g (Approx 6.13 oz)

  • Lighter and thinner than a typical paperback; weighs only 10.3 ounces (289 g)


Capacity

  • 300 standard books – 64 MB storage capacity.

  • Holds over 200 books, magazines, newspaper, and blogs at a time

Power Supply

  • Rechargeable built-in Li-Polymer battery (1000 mAh)
    8,000 screen refresh battery life
  • Universal AC 100~240V AC adapter
  • 8,000 screen refresh battery life

  • AC Power adapter
  • Long Life Rechargeable Lithium Polymer Battery.
  • Leave wireless on and recharge approximately every other day.
  • Turn wireless off and read for a week or more before recharging.
  • Fully recharges in 2 hours.

Fees

  • Not applicable

  • No monthly wireless bills, service plans, or commitments—we take care of the wireless delivery so you can simply click, buy, and read.


Wikipedia access

  • No immediate wireless access

  • Includes free wireless access to the planet’s most exhaustive and up-to-date encyclopedia—Wikipedia.org.

Supplied Accessories

  • Cybook eBook reading device
  • USB cable
  • Quick Start Guide
    Charger (Deluxe version)
  • Leather case (Deluxe version)
  • 2GB SD card (Deluxe version)
  • Extra battery (Deluxe version)
  • Stereo earphones (Deluxe version)

  • Book cover
  • Power adapter
  • USB 2.0 cable
  • No software necessary

Summary:
Display: Just about the same

Size: The Cybook is smaller

Power Supply: Kindle gives more mileage.

Capacity: The Cybook hold more books in internal memory. Kindle holds holds less books but make up for it with Newspaper, Magazines, and blogs.

Expansion: The Cybook comes with 2GB expansion card, Kindle offers varying expansion sizes: 1GB, 2GB, 4GB…

Format: just about equal

Fees: Not applicable for the Cybook since it does not use wireless. Superior for Kindle since it offers free wireless.

Wikipedia Access: None for The Cybook, Yes for Kindle

Supplied Accessories: More for The Cybook, just a few for Kindle which of course is less cumbersome.

Computer requirement: The Cybook needs it for all content download, Kindle need it only in none wireless areas – Kindle superior

Conclusion:
Overall, this first generation Kindle is superior to the Bookeen Cybook, even with all its shortcomings. The fact that it offers wireless access to its contents, Newspaper, Magazines, and blogs puts it ahead.

Yes, Kindle has its flaws which the “nay-sayers” are quick to point out, but, if you ask me, that’s good. After all, how else are you going to know what the public wants? That in itself is the kind of invaluable data that Kindle needed to move to the next level. Just stop, and listen… already the “true readers” are making suggestion about what features the second generation Kindle should have. I hope Amazon is paying attention.

Think about it…Kindle with wireless access all over the globe, perfect display of PDF formatted document, access to thousands more books, all in under a minute…I really don’t think you can beat that. I dare say that this is an electronic reading device that has the potential to pervade the globe.

But…wait a minute! Let me not get ahead of myself. That was just one comparison. How does Kindle stack up with the others?

Glad you asked. That’s what the next article will cover. Next up… Kindle vs the iRex’s iLiad. Stay tuned…

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