[LINK] Kogan eBook reader [WAS ebook impact on Australian bookstores]

David Boxall david.boxall at hunterlink.net.au
Sat Aug 21 15:07:54 AEST 2010

On 13/08/2010 10:29 PM, Craig Sanders wrote:
> On Fri, Aug 13, 2010 at 09:20:39PM +1000, David Boxall wrote:
>>> that looks a lot like the kobo,
>> No Dpad, 7 grams heavier, 6 mm shorter, 8.4 mm wider 0.01 mm thinner.
>> ...
> the dpad is just 5 buttons/switches.  size&  weight difference is neligible.
>>> is it based on the same netronix EB600[1] board?
>> Samsung S3C2416.
> but the EB600 uses an S3C2440-AL.
According to <http://wiki.mobileread.com/wiki/E-book_Reader_Matrix>, the 
S3C2416 is used in only one reader, and it isn't this one.
> could be a clone of the hanlin v5, then.  there are several of them.
It's evidently a Telefunken TEBR-700 
in disguise.

> ...
>> Plus, broader file format support
> i really don't understand why kobo removed html, txt, etc support from
> their version of the EB600 firmware, everything except epub&  pdf (and
> pdf support is essentially worthless on a 6" device). most of the other
> devices based on this board still support them.

Kogan loads their reader with 1,717 text files from 
<http://gutenberg.net.au/>. That consumes 528 MB of the 1.73 GB internal 
storage. It handles text and ePub well. Performance with PDFs varies, 
depending on the characteristics of the file. It doesn't really support 
html, despite the claims, tends to see only the end of single-file 
documents and can't handle linked files at all. Maybe they'll upgrade 
the firmware to fix that. I haven't tried any other formats yet.

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