Pocketbook Inkpad 840 eReader Updated

Pocketbook Inkpad 840 eReader Updated e-Reading Hardware Pocketbook's 8" Inkpad ereader was one of the high points of 2014 when it was released late last year. This is a great ereader but it never sold well nor has it gotten much support from Pocketbook.

A little over a month ago am Inkpad owner revealed over on MobileRead that Pocketbook is working on a firmware update. That update is still only a beta release, but I for one have grown tired of waiting for six months for the official release so I installed the update last night.

 

You can download the update from Pocketbook. It's a 153MB ZIP file.

To install the update, unZIP the ZIP file to get two files. Copy both to the system folder on your 840.

After they are copied, open the settings menu and go to the software menu. (And if you don't see software as one of the options in the settings menu, check in the about menu.) You should see an option to check for a firmware update. Click it, and the Inkpad should find the update and install it for you.

It worked for me.

The new firmware has a few quirks (the frontlight doesn't automatically turn off when the InkPad is put to sleep) but all in all it works well.  The Inkpad takes a little long to open an ebook, but the page turn speed is just about the same as on my Paperwhite (2013).

And I really like the notifications that prompt me to set up Pocketbook's cloud services (email delivery, storage, synchronization). I've never used those services, but I'm tempted to run a few tests and see if the services will run in the background (that would be very useful).

So while this may be a beta release, I think it is worth installing.

MobileRead

 

 

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4 Comments

  1. David9 December, 2015

    The final release is here.
    Release notes.
    http://download.pocketbook-int.com/840/rn_511/RN_PB_InkPad(ENG).pdf
    It would be cool for you to update to the latest firmware of the
    onyx i86 and then do another post where you compare the latest improvements and see who comes out on top, especially now that the inkpad got faster with this firmware.

    Reply
    1. Nate Hoffelder9 December, 2015

      Thanks!

      Unfortunately my InkPad died. I think the beta update killed it.

      Reply
  2. David9 December, 2015

    It’s a shame, perhaps you could do a reset or ask for help on mobileforum or within a forum that pocketbook employees use
    such as allesebook.

    The firmware is in a good state thanks to the feedback given
    by the german users which you can see here if you run it through
    google translate.
    It took literally 7 months in the making 🙂
    allesebook.de/forum/showthread.php/5422-PocketBook-InkPad-Fragen-und-Antworten/page27

    Reply
    1. Nate Hoffelder9 December, 2015

      I did try a reset, and ask for help at MobileRead. I think it’s really dead.

      Reply

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