After I started this week’s round up of reviews and opinions on various ereaders available to the book-reading, device-buying public, I received a mini review of the Bookeen Cybook Opus from Kathlyn. I asked if she’d be willing to expand on her review and describe what she likes about her device, and this is her response. I’m also working on a Kobo review – and if you have a device to suggest, let me know.
My e-reader is a Bookeen Opus. I like it for three reasons:
1. I find it easy to use.
2. I won it in a crazy fun contest.
3. I find it easy to use.
My first foray in to the world of e-books evolved out of a video game habit. After consulting a fellow gamer, followed by a quick internet search, I discovered how to convert e-books into jpgs and then download them to my Sony Play Station Portable (PSP).
The PSP, a handheld device like e-readers, allowed both horizontal and vertical viewing of the e-book jpg photos. I also liked that I could choose white text on a black background for reading in the dark. The e-book to jpg conversion, however, was more than fussy.
Then SBTB and BooksOnBoard held a crazy fun contest – and my entry was selected (some of you may recall the Playgirl Shiksa and her Dreidel Boy). Soon after, a svelte Bookeen Opus arrived at my door.
The Bookeen Opus is lightweight (150g or 5.3oz), and can easily be held in – and the buttons manipulated by – one hand. I find this feature particularly useful when the other hand is occupied with an adult beverage.
Beyond font change and other options I suspect are fairly common to e-readers, the Opus also has something called “e-ink”. Detailed information about this innovation comes with the e-reader. Although not having actually read this information, I find the display looks a great deal like a hard-copy book. This does mean the loss of the ability to read in the dark, but the ability to read in direct sunlight is significantly improved.
Is the Opus better than other e-readers? I have no idea. What I do know that my husband does refer to me as a Bookeen “junkie”. Is the Bookeen Opus a better e-reader than my PSP? Most decidedly yes. And so my PSP has been reinstated as the gaming device it should be.
I do not even want to think about the process of converting ebooks to jpg to read on a PSP.
The Bookeen Cybook Opus is available in several colors and does not have a wireless connection. There are two other Cybooks, the Orizon and the Gen3, but only the Orizon has WiFi or wireless capabilities (and the pages for those two have majestically bad translated English descriptions, too). The Opus is currently $139.00 at BooksOnBoard. The Orizon is available for pre-order at $249.
I played with a Cybook Opus very briefly two years ago, and it’s very, VERY lightweight and easy to hold. Do you have a Cybook? What do you like about it? Share if you’d like, as I’d be pleased to learn more about the Opus.