French retailer Fnac just announced the FnacBook
Fnac held a press event today where they unveiled their new ereader, the FnacBook. Yes, I double checked and that really is the name. You might recognize the hardware as the Thalia Oyo; they’re retail partners (I’m not sure that’s the right word) and both are using an ereader originally developed by Sagem Wireless.
Fnac now have the Fnacbook up for pre-order; retail will be 199€. An observant person might recall that Thalia are selling the Oyo for 139€. The FnacBook costs more because it ships with 3G, not just Wifi. Other than wireless, the FnacBook has the same specs as the Oyo.
- 6″ Sipix screen
- capacitive touchscreen
- 2GB Flash
- microSD card slot (16 GB supported)
- MP3 player
- Adobe DE DRM support
This should be a slide show of photos taken at the press conference:
Doug October 21, 2010 um 5:45 pm
FnacBOOK? Are they allowed to use English words in French product names? Shouldn’t it at least be FnacLivre? What *were* they thinking?
neal October 21, 2010 um 6:41 pm
Why another ereader ?
Really why ?
Nate the great October 21, 2010 um 6:44 pm
It’s not another e-reader. It’s just another label.
Sael October 22, 2010 um 5:08 am
This is strange, because OYO is actually sold in France as OYO by Chaptire.com. It appears that they had debuts of two almost identical e-readers at the same time. Look here: http://translate.google.pl/translate?hl=en&sl=fr&u=http://www.clubic.com/livre-electronique/actualite-374128-france-loisir-chapitre-devoilent-oyo-livres-numeriques.html&ei=WlLBTNPLO4OGswaCmYG5CA&sa=X&oi=translate&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CBcQ7gEwAA&prev=/search%3Fq%3DFnacBook%2B%2BChapitre.com%26hl%3Den%26client%3Dopera%26hs%3DvCE%26rls%3Den
Sergio October 22, 2010 um 12:17 pm
Fnac is a large chain of bookstores – they probably figured out that the future market of books are…ebooks!! And it’s better to have a little piece of the action than none at all.
Marc October 22, 2010 um 12:54 pm
FnacBook is not a Medion Oyo, but a Sagem Binder. As said by Sael Oyo is sold in France by Chapitre.com and FranceLoisirs.
Nate the great October 22, 2010 um 12:59 pm
Yes, but the hardware is the same.
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