|Laurent Picard Co-founder, Michael Dahan Co-founder|
La Lecture en Liberté
In 2003 after the failure of Cytale (the first European company to make an ebook reader) two former engineers of Cytale, Laurent Picard and Michaël Dahan, bought the intellectual property of the Cytale reading device, the Cybook Gen1. They founded the company, Bookeen, to produce dedicated ebook reading devices. Their first product was the Cybook Gen1.
The Cybook Gen1 was Bookeen's only product until 2006/2007, when they began exploring E-ink screens. At the time, E-Ink screens were a new technology and claimed to have a near paper-like appearance that did not cause eyestrain. In late 2007 Bookeen began selling the Cybook Gen3, their first eBook reader to use an E-Ink screen.
At the end of 2008, Bookeen started to claim future support for the ePub eBook format. The current firmware supporting it for all models; however, this firmware can not support the older Mobipocket format. Another firmware with support for Mobipocket is still made available so the user can select the desired format. In 2009 they also announced a new product the Cybook Opus a smaller version of the Cybook Gen3 but with some improvements: improved shape, [aAccelerometer]], 1 GB of user memory, and a 400Mhz CPU.
June 2010 Bookeen published a much improved firmware for Gen3 and Opus devices.
- Kozlowski, Michael. The e-Reader and e-Paper Outlook for 2013-2014. Good E Reader. May 22, 2013.
- Bookeen - Cybook ePaper - the eBook reading device
- "Bookeen Cybook Opus Paraded". Ubergizmo.
- "Cybook, eBook Readers - BOOKEEN". bookeen.com.
- Bookeen launches a new e-book store. E-reader Info.
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- Official Website
- Official Books store Website
- Interview in French of Laurent Picard and Michael Dahan