A rumor has been going around these past couple weeks that Bookeeen was going to unveil a new ereader and it looks like it was true. One French retailer seems to have put the posted a story and a screen shot.up a little early, and before they could take it down again Cnet France
There is still no official news announcement on the new ereader and I don’t have the product page myself, so I don’t really know all that much at the moment. But I would think the details are obvious.
Bookeeen has clearly been working with the same HD E-ink screen as everyone else, and they are following the herd in adding a frontlight as well. It looks to me like they took their existing ereader, the 6″ Cybook Odyssey, and modified it so it could compete in the new ereader market. This device also has a microSD card slot, Wifi, and a capacitive touchscreen.
The new model is reportedly going to be out in November with a retail of 129 euros. That’s the same price in euros as the Kobo Glo, which is still suffering from a botched roll out. Unfortunately I cannot compare the price of the Kindle Paperwhite because Amazon has not announced a European release.
Now this does say interesting things about the ereader market, doesn’t it? In the past few years we’ve gone through cycles where the ereaders got cheap, then they got touchscreens, and now everyone is adoption frontlights with high resolution screens.
I kinda feel sorry for Sony and B&N. They both guessed wrong, to one degree or another. Neither is using the higher resolution screen, and that will hurt their sales in the coming quarters.