PocketBook

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PocketBook is the third largest manufacturer of E Ink readers.

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[edit] Overview

Pocketbook was an Ukranian producer of eReaders. PocketBook is now called PocketBook International and has its production based at Foxconn in China. Company positions its products as multilingual e-readers and develops online store with e-books in 59 languages. The first models were PocketBook 360 and PocketBook 301 (produced at Netronix Inc.). Recent products are being made by Obreey Products.

Today PocketBook is the world’s 3rd largest manufacturer of premium electronic readers based on the E Ink (“electronic paper”) technology. The PocketBook Company was founded in 2007, headquartered in Lugano, Switzerland, and today, its products are sold in 35 countries. PocketBook’s single-minded team of experts crafts exclusive products of the finest quality, pursuing excellence in every aspect and anticipating all possible needs of the modern reader.

[edit] Current Models

Characterful features are text-to-speech in many languages and ABBYY Lingvo dictionaries.

[edit] Availability

[edit] Software

There are also PocketBook Reader apps for iOS and Android based devices. These allow you to read and make notes in the full PocketBook eBook formats, including support for Adobe DRM.

Formats supported:PDF, ePub, DjVu, TXT, FB2, FB2.zip, CBR, CBZ, HTML, CHM. MOBI seems also to work.

Features:

  • Scroll or page, single or dual page.
  • Highlight txt and make notes.
  • DRM for PDF and ePub supported.
  • Search text
  • adjust backlight
  • portrait or landscape (lock if needed)
  • dictionary support
  • PDF supports reflow
  • OPDS supported for download.
  • PocketBook bookstore supported.
  • Cloud support to allow reading the same book on several devices.
  • many more.

PocketBooks devices use FBReader professional version as their primary reader.

[edit] Apps

See PocketBook apps for 3rd party apps for this hardware.

[edit] Menu

Pocketbook uses zones on the screen as a menu. This is a powerful feature but takes some getting used to. It is customizable but this is also a bit complicated. Here are step by step instructions.

  1. Tap to get 1st circular menu - select 3 vertical dots segment.
  2. From 2nd circular menu select cogwheel segment.
  3. From next 'normal' menu select 'Areas Configuration'.
  4. It's mainly guesswork from here on but select the 'Base Taps' radio button.
  5. You'll see a grid divided into tap zones. Tap on any of the outlined zones (it will turn bright pink). In the top right gesture list you can see what actions are currently assigned to this zone for several different gestures (single-tap, double-tap, swipe-right etc.) If you tap the currently-assigned action you'll get a list of all the other actions you can assign. The list is huge!
  6. The 3 vertical dot menu at top right now gives you options for this pink zone (e.g. 'delete area'). The 'Set commands' menu item lets you switch between the various gestures so that you can apply several actions to the same tap zone. I only use the single-tap gesture myself so you'll need to do your own experiments.
  7. Also, whilst the zone is displayed in pink, you can reshape/resize it by tapping one edge then dragging it into a new shape.

[edit] discontinued models

  • PocketBook 301 (6" eReader), based on OEM hardware from Netronix EB-600, the first device from PocketBook
  • Pocketbook 360 a 5" eReader with E Ink screen
  • PocketBook 302 (6" eReader with touch), resistive touch, is very unique, because it has USB host port - can read USB memory sticks
  • PocketBook Pro 902 (9,7" eReader with WiFi) - discontinued, see Model 912
  • PocketBook Pro 612 (6" eReader, with WiFi, Wacom touchscreen)
  • Pocketbook 360PLUS a 5" eReader with E Ink screen
  • Pocketbook IQ 701 (7" LCD-tablet based on Android 2.0)

[edit] For more information

Pocketbook devices have their own MobileRead forum where they are discussed.

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