Gallery: Softbook and GEB-2150 ebook readers

Here are 2 of the oldest ebook readers on the US market. The larger device is the Softbook Reader,  and it’s a generation older. It has a 9.75″ screen, 33.6 modem, funky internal Flash card (8MB), and a stylus.

The smaller device is the GEB2150, and as you can see it is clearly based on the same hardware design. it improves on the design by adding a CF card slot, ethernet port, and going with a slightly less monstrous 8″ screen.

I’ve been wanting to put these 2 devices next to each other for the longest time now, but I couldn’t do that until my Softbook arrived this week. Now I know for sure what the hardware looks like.  And now that I’ve posted these pictures, so do you.

Here’s a few photos that show the major differences between the 2 devices. Click to enlarge.

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. Ellen Hage16 July, 2011


    I got this reader about I month or so ago on Ebay. Where did you get yours. Hopefullyl like me this completes your collection of the Gemstar/RCA/REB series

    1. Nate Hoffelder16 July, 2011

      I got my Softbook on Ebay this week, and the GEB2150 a few weeks back. The GEB still has several hours battery life, even.

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