BQ Cervantes Open Source eReader is Back in Stock

When I introduced you to the Cervantes ereader from the Spanish device maker bq a couple months ago, my joy at finding an ereader that runs open source software was tempered by the fact that it was out of stock.

Today I have some good news for you: the Cervantes is back in stock on the bq website. You can order it today for 139 euros, plus shipping.

That is little higher than the going market rate for ereaders, but depending on what you're looking for this could still be a good value.

BQ Cervantes Open Source eReader is Back in Stock Creative Commons, Open Source e-Reading Hardware

 

The Cervantes runs a version of Linux on a 1GHz CPU with 512MB RAM, and 8GB internal storage. It has a 6" Pearl HD E-ink screen with a frontlight, IR touchscreen, and Wifi. Weighing in at 195 grams, the Cervantes measures 8.5mm thick and packs in a 1.5Ah battery. There is also a microSD card slot for additional storage, but no audio.

That is not an impressive set of specs, compared to (for example) the Kindle Paperwhite, but the Cervantes does offer one advantage that the Paperwhite lacks.

The Cervantes runs an open version of Linux, and nearly all the software running on it is open source. (Obviously, that excludes things like Adobe's DRM, but that is the exception and not the rule.)

If you're of the mind to develop your own open reading app or want to pick up where the Open Inkpot project left off, then this is the device for you.

Thanks, kuzelnik!

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.

3 Comments

  1. fjtorres6 August, 2015

    Open Inkpot.
    Fun memories.

    There’s long been a niche for customizable ereaders; from the Hanlins to the Pocketbooks, to the early Nooks and Sony T-series, and more recently the open Android readers.

    It’s a small niche but a fun one to play in.

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  2. Reader8 August, 2015

    I would pay that price for an 8″ e-reader, but not for a 6″ one.

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  3. Johannes10 August, 2015

    sorry. I love the idea of linux or android on a reader. But then one with a good touchscreen (responsive and god contrast) , high ppi, sound and a faster hardware (processor and memory). Never mind if I have to pay a lot and just get a days worth of battery life. I would surf the web, read articles. And use text to speech when I don’t have the energy to read.
    but this tablet with e-ink is yet to come.

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