Another eBook Reader comes to market – Cybook Opus


cybook-opusFrench company Bookeen introduces their fourth-generation electronic book reader, the Cybook Opus. It has a foot print of 4.2″ x 6″ x 0.4″ inches and weighs 5.3 oz (150g), which puts it 0.5 oz more than an iPhone 3GS. It features E Ink electronic ink with 12 font sizes, 4-level greyscale and a 200 dpi display. It has an accelerometer that allows it to switch from portrait to landscape mode automatically, which will appeal equally to left and right-handed readers. It ships with 75 classics free of charge; stores up to 1 000 titles in 1GB of built in flash memory, and 3 000 more on a microSD card. It can support HTML, PDF, EPUB or TXT formats without any conversions. It’s available now for $280. Full press release after the jump.

Paris, Tuesday September 22nd


150 grams (5.3 oz) of design and technology in the palm of your hand!

Introducing Cybook Opus, Bookeen’s fourth-generation electronic book.

This true concentrate of technology, a result of ten years’ innovation by French company Bookeen, boasts impressive features in terms of lightness, comfort and battery life, carrying up to 1 000 book titles in a featherweight 150g device.

Slimmer, lighter and faster than its competitors, Cybook Opus brings the best of technology to reading.

Cybook Opus is designed for readers eager to reconcile the freedom and wealth of the digital age with the feel of a printed page. Not only does its sleek look make it one of today’s most desirable cultural goods, but Cybook Opus has also been designed to address the needs of passionately mobile readers.

Handy: Cybook Opus, the world’s most portable electronic book, slips into a pocket and only weighs 5.3 oz (150g), battery included (just 0.5 oz more than an iPhone 3GS). Comfortable: Read in all conditions – indoors or outdoors, even in direct sunlight. Features the latest E Ink electronic ink technology. Even more comfortable: With its 12 font sizes and 4-level greyscale, Cybook Opus adjusts to anyone’s eyesight. Its accelerometer will appeal equally to left and right-handed readers. Rich: Ships with 75 great classics free of charge; stores up to 1 000 titles, and 3 000 more on a microSD card. Even richer: Compatible with all current download platforms, Cybook Opus offers access to over one million contemporary or public-domain digital books over the Internet. Battery life: Recharges every 8 000 pages viewed, i.e. several weeks of normal use (consumes no energy when displaying a page). Simple: Easily downloads titles by connecting to a computer’s USB port (PC or Mac).

Recommended retail price: 250 euros/299£/249 USD tax-inclusive (includes 75 free titles).

Available from: Fnac,, Virgin, Pixmania, Surcouf,, Eyrolles, Gibert Joseph, WH Smith/Waterstone’s/WeltBild/MVB/Libri/MediaMarkt/…


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An extensive choice of digital titles

Cybook Opus is fully compatible with all major online digital bookstores:, BooksOnBoard, WeltBild, MVB, Waterstone’s…Over 200 000 titles are commercially available to download, including back-catalogue works as well as many bestsellers and new releases. Every genre is represented – from thrillers to political pamphlets to non-fiction guides.

In addition, notably through Google Books, Cybook Opus offers access to more than one million public-domain classics in every language. They are available to download free of charge.

Electronic ink: technology dedicated to reading

Unlike regular display technologies, which require backlighting, electronic ink screens are purely reflective, using ambient light in the same way as ordinary paper does. Electronic ink can display text and images indefinitely, without consuming any energy whatsoever.

The Cybook Opus screen only consumes energy when the reader flips a page.

Bookeen: a French leader in consumer electronics

Bookeen was founded in France in 2003 by Laurent Picard and Michaël Dahan, and currently boasts more than 25% market share in Germany, Italy, France and Spain, Bookeen is the number two European player in electronic books, just behind Sony.

Thanks to many years of research and development based on the best screen technologies and ultra-optimised software interfaces, Bookeen creates reading devices recognized for their world-class quality.

A Forrester Research report (June 2009) estimates that there are almost one million users in 2009 and predicts this will grow to 13 million – a US$2bn business – by 2013. Digitimes (August 27, 2009) estimates the market will reach more than 77 million units by 2018. Many industries see the eBook as an emergent market with great potential, and Bookeen is one of its key players.

The founders: pioneers since 1998

After taking part – as early as 1998 – in the development of the first electronic book and associated services for Cytale, alongside Jacques Attali and Erik Orsenna, Laurent Picard and Michaël Dahan went on to found Bookeen in 2003. Since then, Bookeen has accumulated a unique experience on the eBook market and marketed the first multi-format reading support directly targeted to the eBook reader community.

Technical fact-sheet: Cybook Opus by Bookeen

Format Tablet

Screen B&W

Resolution 800 x 600 pixels

Processor / Speed Samsung ARM / 400 MHz

Memory 1 GB

Maximum memory 1 microSD memory card slot (4 GB max; up to approx 4 000 titles)

Sync with a PC computer Yes

Sync with a Mac computer Yes

Audio / video features Text formats supported: Adobe ePub / PDF (native or DRM-protected), TXT and HTML files; photo (black and white): JPEG, GIF and PNG

Connectivity Mini USB

Additional contents 75 books included – see list on following page

Power Rechargeable Lithium-Polymer battery

Battery life Up to 8 000 consecutive pages or 2 weeks

Additional features Accelerometer (automatically switches from portrait to landscape reading mode), left and right-handed, E Ink (electronic ink) technology, 4-level greyscale display without backlighting (prevents eye fatigue), 12 font sizes, can be read even in bright sunlight, “Reset” button, battery rechargeable through USB cable

Dimensions (l x d x h) Height 151 mm – 6″
Length 108 mm – 4.2″
Width 10mm – 0.4″

Net weight 150 g/5.3 oz

List of titles included free with Cybook Opus by Bookeen:

Livres en anglais :

A Dogs Tale – Mark Twain

Jack and Jill – A village Story – Louisa May Alcott

Moby Dick – Hermann Melville

Rose in Bloom – Louisa May Alcott

Tarzan of the Apes – Edgar Rice Burroughs

The Call of the Wild – Jack London

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Magic of Oz – L. Frank Baum

A Message From The Sea – Charles Dickens

A Pair of Blue Eyes – Thomas Hardy

Adam Bede – George Eliot

Alice‘s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

Bleak House – Charles Dickens

Dracula – Bram Stocker

Emma – Jane Austen

Frankenstein – Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan Swift

Middlemarch – George Eliot

Our Mutual Friend – Charles Dickens

Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen

The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe

The Hound of the Baskervilles – Sir A. Conan Doyle

The Jungle Book – Rudyard Kipling

The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby – Charles Dickens

The Lost World – Sir A. Conan Doyle

The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde

The Railway Children – E. Nesbit

The Story of Doctor Dolittle – Hugh Lofting

The Thirty-nine Steps – John Buchan

The War of the Worlds – H. G. Wells

Through The Looking Glass – Lewis Carroll

Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson

Around the World in heighty days – Jules Verne

Michael Strogoff or, the Courrier of the Czar – Jules Verne

The Mysterious Island – Jules Verne

The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas Père

Grimm’s Fairy Tales – The Brothers Grimm

Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky

War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy

Kiss Me Deadly – Michele Hauf

Baby Bonanza – Maureen Child

Livres en français

Ainsi Parlait Zarathoustra – Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Croc-blanc – Jack London

Alice au Pays des Merveilles – Lewis Carroll

Le Chien des Baskerville – Sir A. Conan Doyle

Les Aventures de Sherlock Holmes – Sir A. Conan Doyle

Frankenstein ou le Promothee moderne – Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

L’île au trésor – Robert Louis Stevenson

Le Portrait de Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde

Le Colonel Chabert – Honoré de Balzac

Les Fleurs du Mal – Charles Baudelaire

La Reine Margot – Alexandre Dumas Père

Les Trois Mousquetaires – Alexandre Dumas Père

L’éducation Sentimentale – Gustave Flaubert

Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert

Bel Ami – Guy de Maupassant

Boule de Suif – Guy de Maupassant

Notre Cœur – Guy de Maupassant

Pierre et Jean – Guy de Maupassant

Une Vie – Guy de Maupassant

Du Côté de chez Swann – Marcel Proust

Le Rouge et le Noir – Stendhal

20000 Lieues sous les Mers – Jules Verne

De la Terre à la Lune – Jules Verne

Le Tour du Monde en quatre-vingts jours – Jules Verne

Voyage au centre de la Terre – Jules Verne

Germinal – Emile Zola

La Bête Humaine – Emile Zola

Les Frères Karamazov – Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky

Les âmes mortes – Nikolai Gogol

Le Moine noir – Anton Pavlovitch Tchekhov

Eaux Printanières – Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev

Coming soon… German, Italian &

Spanish books will be available inside the Cybook Opus

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{ 4 comments… add one }
  • Mike Guenlato September 23, 2009, 5:21 am

    Price is USD249 or USD280?
    This retailer says USD249.

    • Julie September 23, 2009, 7:39 am

      @Mike Guenlato When I wrote the post, I just went with the price displayed on Bookeen’s site.

  • Jerry Danzig September 23, 2009, 9:36 am

    Although this unit looks to have admirable ergonomics and readability, what this world REALLY needs is an ebook reader with same — that sells for $150. THEN the ebook category will explode. Until then — ho hum…

  • JonelB November 22, 2009, 11:28 am

    I agree with Jerry. Until you can offset the buy-in price for an ereader dramatically, people aren’t going to get it unless they’re already book people. Ipods weren’t commonplace until everyone could afford the ipod shuffle 1gb, for $50.

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