The Cybook is a very slick looking e-book reader that is being marketed by Bookeen. It displays using E-ink so it is only black and white, but easy on the batteries. A single charge is good for 8,000 page turns, which will allow you to get through War and Peace several times. It has an SD Card slot, for when your library starts to expand and can display a range of picture formats and will even play MP3s. It even has some RSS functionality in case you want to read Uberreview while you are on the move.
E-Book readers have never really taken off and I am not precisely sure why. I can hazard a pretty good guess that it has something to do with the price. How much does the average person read these days? What is the reading budget of the usual person? Why would someone shell out several hundred dollars on an electronic device when they only spend a fraction of that on books each year? E-Book readers have a place, but not in the home of the average person, not yet anyway. This is a nice offering from Bookeen, but I cannot help but feel that there is still a little room for improvement. Why not pack them with integrated Wi-Fi? That would make them more easily connectable in the home and really open it up to a lot more possibilities. I really feel that people lack the incentive to buy e-book readers at this time, because the readers are a little lacking in the versatility department. Is the Cybook going to take E-Book readers mainstream? Probably not.