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A new thin and handy e-ink ebook device STAReBOOK
#1  chieh 11-25-2006, 04:05 AM
I would like to introduce a new e-ink ebook device.

The STAReBOOK’s STK-101 series has very small and exquisite size.

Its thickness is only 8mm, which equals 50 pages of traditional books and the weight is 176g, which is very convenient for carrying.

The screen is applied 6 inches e-INK panel.

This kind of e-INK technology successfully solves the problem of tiredness of eyes after the long-time reading.



Please refer to the following page,
www.stareread.com/en/reader.html
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#2  raevyn1 11-25-2006, 05:14 AM
URL error in above post. Try http://www.stareread.com/en/

Interesting device, I'd like to know more. I didn't see anything about availability or pricing. It seems to be aimed initially at Chinese language readers throughout the world, but device can handle other languages (English anyway) if their bookstore is anything to go by.
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#3  rlauzon 11-25-2006, 05:25 AM
Quote chieh
Its thickness is only 8mm, which equals 50 pages of traditional books and the weight is 176g, which is very convenient for carrying.

The screen is applied 6 inches e-INK panel.
Interesting, but the facts are a bit sparse on the web site.
What formats does it support?
How does it connect to your PC?
It would be nice to know what OS it runs to know how (or whether) we can expand its functionality.

They have a proprietary eBook format they are pushing called STK which are "... files composed by JPG and TXT content." (an HTML-like format?) which is only supported under Microsoft products as far as creating content.

Checking other sites, I see:
http://knowsomethingcool.blogspot.com/2006/10/starebook-reader-joins-crowd.html
"The STAReBOOK (you just can't stop saying it) uses a proprietary eBook format (known as STK) but is apparently built to accept-- and maybe even convert?-- other types of files, as it has a built-in mono speaker in the back, an SD slot, a headphone jack, and USB 2.0, so there's probably some media formats that will play/display on the unit. It sports a 250MHz Samsung processor and 64MB of SDRAM."

"Priced higher than the Sony and Panny jobs at $440..."

Strike 1: proprietary eBook format.
Strike 2: more expensive.
Strike 3: fewer features (mono speaker - useless for MP3 playing)

For me, it's out.
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#4  Alexander Turcic 11-25-2006, 10:35 AM
chieh, please use the forum search before advertising for your new reader. You'd have come up with this link:

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=8059
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#5  CommanderROR 11-26-2006, 11:48 AM
Sounds like a device that will never make it to anywhere outside China...especially if there is so little information about it.

Why can't companies learn that the essential purpose of a website is to provide information to potential customers?
And the price...I don't think there is any justification for this thing to be more expensive than the Hanlins or the Sony Reader. The design is nice, but what about stability...how well does that slime frame protect the eink screen???
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#6  Snappy! 11-26-2006, 10:18 PM
Quote CommanderROR
Sounds like a device that will never make it to anywhere outside China...especially if there is so little information about it.

Why can't companies learn that the essential purpose of a website is to provide information to potential customers?
And the price...I don't think there is any justification for this thing to be more expensive than the Hanlins or the Sony Reader. The design is nice, but what about stability...how well does that slime frame protect the eink screen???
If it uses Titanium-alloy, then its no worry.

You are right on the lack of info. Most importantly, the lack of pricing or purchase info is self-defeating.

On the other hand, not everyone has the muscles of established MNCs with local business units to sell through local channels.
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#7  RWood 11-27-2006, 02:48 PM
According to http://knowsomethingcool.blogspot.com/2006/10/starebook-reader-joins-crowd.html the price will be $440.
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#8  TadW 11-27-2006, 03:03 PM
Quote RWood
According to http://knowsomethingcool.blogspot.com/2006/10/starebook-reader-joins-crowd.html the price will be $440.
RWood, check their source

I think $440 is way too much. To succeed, it would have to be way superior to the Sony Reader or a lot cheaper.
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#9  chieh 11-28-2006, 02:07 AM
Quote TadW
RWood, check their source

I think $440 is way too much. To succeed, it would have to be way superior to the Sony Reader or a lot cheaper.

The End User price is USD 420, if only think about the h/w, it's a little bit higher, but, after you buy the device, you can search and download the ebook (in stk format) in www.isoshu.com, and it's all free...

Dont have to buy any books in the future, think about you purchase a car, and dont have to pay the fuel for future....

You know, Sony ebook content is around USD 15 each....
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#10  NatCh 11-28-2006, 12:05 PM
Quote chieh
You know, Sony ebook content is around USD 15 each....
The hardback ones are, yeah, but (aside from ones they seem to have trouble keeping up with the price drops on) the paperback ones are around $6.

Interesting site, unfortunately even the "English" version is still mostly Chinese text.

How do you give away books for free like that? Are they all Public Domain? Or is your company absorbing the cost of the books? Doesn't seem like a good business model to me.

(note: yes, I'm being naïve on purpose)
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