Hands On With the 8″ Pocketbook InkPad

pocketbook inkpadLike many of Pocketbook’s customers, I’m still waiting for news of when they plan to ship their new 8″ ereader in Europe.

While trying to distract myself from pining, I spent some time today on Youtube looking at videos posted by luckier souls who managed to get in the same room as the new InkPad. I found a couple new videos that I thought showed a lot of detail about the InkPad.

And 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 videos).

The first video is by Notebook Italia, and it was shot at IFA Berlin earlier this month. I don’t know why they took so long to post it, but it does show a few useful details for the InkPad.

The second video is considerably longer and offer a lot of detail. It’s narrated in Ukrainian, and I almost passed on it for that reason, but in spite of my language issues I think this video is still damned useful.

The video starts with a woman holding the InkPad and talking about it. We get to see this 8″ ebook reader in proportion to her hands and arms, giving us a visual representation of its actual size.

It then goes on to detail many of the features, and shows us that the InkPad is still pretty laggy.

The Pocketbook InkPad features an 8″ Pearl E-ink display with a screen resolution of 1,200 x 1,600. It runs Pocketbook’s proprietary OS on a 1GHz CPU with 512MB RAM, and 4GB internal storage.

It will retail in Europe for 179 euros, and yes you can get it shipped to the US. This ereader launched in Russia in August but the European launch has been delayed until the end of September (right now, basically).

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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. Name (required)28 September, 2014

    It is late in my timezone at this moment. Tommorow I will post very rough translation of what she says in the Ukrainian video. Nothing special from what I have heard. It will take me at least 20 minutes to write something down.

    In the first video I have seen the same 5.x firmware that I so thoroughly dislike on Ultra. In the second video I see the same firmware as Touch Lux 623 has.

  2. reichsputin29 September, 2014

    The second video was shot for a Ukrainian website, true, but the narration is in Russian.

    1. Nate Hoffelder29 September, 2014

      Thanks. Does that happen often?

      1. Name Required29 September, 2014

        Many Ukrainians speak Russian at home.
        see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ukraine#Language

        Even at http://www.pocketbook-int.com/ru when you scroll down, you can see that there is Ukrainian site in ukrainian language and Ukrainian site in Russian language.

      2. reichsputin29 September, 2014

        BTW, the controversy on what official status the Russian language should have in the Ukraine is one of the reasons of the ongoing Ukrainian civil war.

        1. Nate Hoffelder29 September, 2014

          And that is one area where I am not getting involved.

          1. Name (required)29 September, 2014

            We are still eagerly awaiting your review of the device, regardless of what language developers / designers speak at home.

            I was planning to get PB Sense, but I am very tempted by this device after seeing the videos.

            Please notice the flush bezel. It is a shame they didn’t make it to the market before Kindle Voyage 😉

            1. Nate Hoffelder29 September, 2014

              I’m still waiting for notice that it has been shipped.

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