Cybook Gen3

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Cybook Gen3
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Cybook Gen3 boot screen
Manufacturer Bookeen
Type E-book reader
Release date October 29, 2007
Media MobipocketTM PRC or ePub (selectable via different firmware), PalmDoc, HTML, TXT, PDF
Operating system Linux
Power Li-Polymer battery (1000mAh)
CPU Revision 1 & 2:Samsung S3C2410 ARM920T 200MHz
Revision 3 & GoldEdition:Samsung S3C2440 ARM920T 400Mhz
Memory Version 1 & 2: 16 MB RAM
Version 3 & Gold Edition: 32 MB RAM
Storage Revision 1: 64 MB Data Flash
Revision 2, 3: 512 MB Data Flash
Gold Edition: 1GB Data Flash
Display 6" E Ink Vizplex screen
600x800 pixels, 166 dpi, black and white, 2 bit gray-scale on Rev1,2 and 3, 8 gray-scale level on Gold Edition
Connectivity USB
Dimensions 118 x 188 x 8.5 mm (4.7" x 7.4" x 0.3")
Weight 174 g (6.13 ounces)
Predecessor Cybook Gen1
Successor Cybook Orizon
Related articles Cybook Opus

Cybook Gen3 is a 6 inch (15.2 cm) e-Reader, specially designed for reading e-Books and e-News, or listening to MP3 music or audio-books. It is produced by the French company Bookeen.

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The Cybook Gen3 is an ultra-light reading device based on E Ink screen technology. Its screen possesses a paper-like high contrast appearance and is readable under direct sunlight. The device offers a battery lifetime of 8,000 page flips. The Cybook Gen3 reads many file formats and offers access to a wide range of digital documents. To a host computer the Cybook Gen3 functions as a typical USB mass storage device, which allows for easily copying books from most computers without the need for special drivers. For this reason it is supported on all major operating systems, including Linux.

The device uses TrueType fonts (.ttf), and can also be used as an image viewer to display JPEG, GIF and PNG files, as well as to play MP3 files. The Cybook Gen3 technically supports PDF files, however it doesn't reflow text and early firmware did not allow zooming in on documents. Current firmware revisions support ten levels of zoom and allow scrolling around the page, making the device suitable for reading many PDF files. However, very large PDF files take a long time to display once the file is selected. Some PDF files also cause the firmware to crash, which requires a hard reset by pressing the small button on the back side. A Secure Digital card slot allows for expanded storage, it support SDHC card, at least to an 8 gigabyte SD card on Rev2, Rev3 and GoldEdition devices (due to the use of s3c2440 CPU instead of a hardware USB SD reader).

The Cybook Gen3 runs Linux as its underlying operating system. While the firmware source code is mostly open-source, the Mobipocket Reader application which allows the display of DRM-protected content is closed-source.

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