Cybook Gen3 boot screen
|Release date||October 29, 2007|
|Media||MobipocketTM PRC or ePub (selectable via different firmware), PalmDoc, HTML, TXT, PDF|
|CPU||Revision 1 & 2:Samsung S3C2410 ARM920T 200MHz
Revision 3 & GoldEdition:Samsung S3C2440 ARM920T 400Mhz
|Memory||Version 1 & 2: 16 MB RAM
Version 3 & Gold Edition: 32 MB RAM
|Storage||Revision 1: 64 MB Data Flash
Revision 2, 3: 512 MB Data Flash
Gold Edition: 1GB Data Flash
|Display||6" E Ink Vizplex screen
600x800 pixels, 166 dpi, black and white, 2 bit gray-scale on Rev1,2 and 3, 8 gray-scale level on Gold Edition
|Power||Li-Polymer battery (1000mAh)|
|Dimensions||118 x 188 x 8.5 mm (4.7" x 7.4" x 0.3")|
|Weight||174 g (6.13 ounces)|
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The Cybook Gen3 is a reading device based on E Ink screen technology. Its screen possesses a paper-like high contrast appearance and is readable under direct sunlight. The device offers a battery lifetime of 8,000 page flips. The Cybook Gen3 reads many file formats and offers access to a wide range of digital documents. A Secure Digital card slot allows for expanded storage. To a host computer the Cybook Gen3 functions as a typical USB mass storage device, which allows for copying books from a computer. For this reason it is supported on all major operating systems, including Linux.
The device uses TrueType fonts (.ttf), and can also be used as an image viewer to display JPEG, GIF and PNG files, as well as to play MP3 files. The Cybook Gen3 supports PDF files, however it doesn't reflow text and early firmware did not allow zooming in on documents. Current firmware revisions support ten levels of zoom and allow scrolling around the page, making the device suitable for reading many PDF files. However, very large PDF files take a long time to display once the file is selected. Some PDF files also cause the firmware to crash, which requires a hard reset by pressing the small button on the back side.
The Cybook Gen3 runs Linux as its underlying operating system. While the firmware source code is mostly open-source, the Mobipocket reader application which allows the display of DRM-protected content is closed-source.