Pocketbook InkPad 840 8″ eBook Reader up for Pre-Order – 179 Euros

Pocketbook InkPad 840 8" eBook Reader up for Pre-Order - 179 Euros e-Reading Hardware With the camera-equipped Ultra, the InkPad, and the 13.3" CAD Reader, Pocketbook has released the most eye-catching ereaders of 2014 - devices which are also quite difficult to purchase from the US.

That is why I was thrilled yesterday when a reader tipped me to a retail site in France which not only carries Pocketbook hardware but is also willing to ship to the US.

The exact ship date is still up in the air, but at the moment Pocketbook's official website in France has the InkPad 840 up for pre-order for 179 euros (plus shipping).

The Pocketbook InkPad has an 8" E-ink display with a screen resolution of 1,600 x 1,200. According to earlier press reports, it runs Pocketbook's proprietary reading software on a 1GHz CPU with 512MB RAM. it has both a frontlight and a touchscreen, and ships with 4GB internal storage, a microSD card slot, Wifi, and a 1.5Ah battery which is expected to give up to a month of runtime.

This device doesn't run Android, but with a 250 ppi resolution screen it is almost as sharp as the screen on the Onyx Boox t68 Lynx - only on a much larger scale. That makes this a highly desirable screen for anyone who has been wanting a larger ereader with a sharp screen.

Pocketbook InkPad 840 8" eBook Reader up for Pre-Order - 179 Euros e-Reading Hardware

The InkPad 840 compares well to larger ereaders like the Onyx Universe and the Kindle DX. Those devices feature a 9.7" E-ink screen with a resolution of 825 x 1,200, or about 150 ppi. The InkPad also costs significantly less than the Universe, although the Universe does have the advantage of running Android.

All in all this is a desirable ereader, but it is not without issue. There are a number of  early user reports from Russia which complain about the poorly developed software, unimpressive build quality, and disappointing screen.

While the InkPad does have a sharp screen, the screen tech is also reportedly a couple generations out of date. I have an unconfirmed report (which is itself based on the early user reports from Russia) that the InkPad has a Vizplex screen. This is E-ink's second gen screen tech, and it was originally released in 2009 before being replaced by Pearl in 2010 and Carta in 2013.

Update I've been told that:

It doesn't have a Vizplex display but the Russian buyers claim it does look like one. PocketBook itself confirmed that there was a problem with the first batch and that it was fixed with the second batch which will be available on September 15th in Germany. 

I am trying to confirm that report, but alas Pocketbook is ducking my emails at the moment. If this report is correct then it means that the InkPad's screen will be noticeably grayer and fuzzier than the top of the line Carta E-ink screens. I think the size and sharpness would be enough to make up for that issue, but that's just my opinion.

At this point I think i will have to wait to see if my unit has a disappointing screen.

Pocketbook France

Thanks, Paul!

(Thanks, Chalid!)

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: He's here to chew bubble gum and fix broken websites, and he is all out of bubble gum. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills at the drop of a hat. 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.

8 Comments

  1. TheGreatFilter4 September, 2014

    No open Android = Duh!

    Reply
  2. […] as I reported yesterday, this ereader is scheduled to ship in Europe on 15 September. The retail price is 179 euros plus […]

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  3. Balázs18 September, 2014

    Did you find out anything new about the latest shipment to Germany? I mean, what about the screen (and the software)?

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  4. […] in case you’re wondering, neither of the following videos are the same as the hands on video I posted earlier this month (so now we have 3 good […]

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  5. Joel14 October, 2014

    When you get the InkPad
    Can you see if RSS reader is usefull offline?

    You could send Instapaper to RSS…
    http://theblogologist.com/2014/03/how-to-get-an-rss-feed-from-an-instapaper-folder/#comment-33721

    Reply
  6. […] an early and limited release in Russia, a wider launch was delayed so Pocketbook could respond to complaints about performance and screen quality. The European launch was pushed back until the middle of September, and then delayed […]

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