Friday, September 5, 2008

Software Upgrade for the Cybook Gen3: Ver. 1.2 Build 796

Dear Cybook User,

This utility updates the Cybook Gen3 (CYBGEN310B) system software to version 1.2.
Happy e-reading…

Bookeen Support Team

What's New in Version 1.2 (Build 796)
  • New: user interface now available in 6 languages (English, French, German, Spanish, Italian & Dutch).
  • Improvement: reduced power consumption.
  • Improvement: reduced memory usage.
  • New: zoom menu for PDF files.
  • Improvement: fast panning within PDF files.
  • Improvement: general stability and performance.
  • Fix: SD card detection.
  • Fix: last page saved for files with UTF8 (non ANSI) names.
  • New: possibility to restore factory settings (also deletes personal data in internal memory). To do so, press volume- while switching off.

What was New in Version 1.1
  • New: hyphenation support in Mobipocket files.
  • Improvement: new button management (faster and buffered key detection).
  • Improvement: new event management (previous versions could miss events).
  • Improvement: reduced power consumption.
  • Improvement: table support in Mobipocket files.
  • Bug fix: large covers in PRC files.
  • Bug fix: Asian characters are now displayed properly in PRC files.
  • Bug fix: PDF viewer memory management (to be continued).
  • Bug fix: TrueType font detection (“Fonts” directory).
  • Bug fix: various user interface items (to be continued).
  • Bug fix: detection of MP3 playback frequencies.
  • New: in the “Library”, a lock symbol is visible when a read-only SD card is inserted.

How to Download

  1. From your computer, visit
  2. Login and download the upgrade file.
  3. Extract the content of the downloaded zip file.
  4. You should get a single file “update_kernel”; this is the firmware upgrade utility.
  5. Copy the file “update_kernel” to the root of an SD card.

How to Install

  1. Make sure your Cybook has enough power to operate.
  2. Switch off your device.
  3. Insert the SD card into your Cybook.
  4. Switch on your device.
  5. When the boot image is visible (Cybook & Bookeen logotypes), press the center key of the navigation button and keep it pressed for a few seconds until the screen flashes.
  6. When the screen flashes, you can release the key; the upgrade process is launched.
  7. Only the needed sections are updated. The upgrade should be completed after a couple of minutes.
  8. When the upgrade is completed, the Cybook starts normally.
  9. Delete the file “update_kernel” from the SD card and from your computer. This file will not be useful anymore.
  10. Congratulations! Your Cybook has been upgraded with version 1.2.

How to Check my Cybook Version

  • Open the contextual menu.
  • Open "Advanced…", then "About…".
  • "Boo Reader" section shows "Version: x.y (build z)".

How to Send Suggestions

  • Your feedback is very much welcome.
  • Please avoid using blogs, forums or mailing lists.
  • Simply send an email to
  • All suggestions are taken into account as much as possible in our development schedule.

What's Next

  • New directory view.
  • Improved Mobipocket, HTML & TXT support.
  • More languages.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Bookeenvibes : All you want to know about the Cybook

Here is a new way to find news, photos, videos and review about the Cybook and Bookeen:
We will insert more articles and specialise the tabs to provide you a better view on our ebook reader and its Universe. Share with us your url, just keep in mind that the place need to stay clean.

Have a good e-reading

Bookeen's team

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Leather cover for an e-reading summer

From the Bookeen website you can now order leather cover for your Cybook Gen3.
The Old Brown version has been discontinued. Those new covers, inspired from customers feedback, are easier to handle. From now, you are able to choose among 4 colors of leather cover plus the one that is now join to the Deluxe Pack.
Let's see what we got:
Black PU - Red Leather - Brown Leather - Shiny Leather - Camel Leather

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Cybook Gen3 build release - battery life extension -

The firmware 1.1 got a new build (708). It has been released today via our website:
The firmware 1.1 previous build had experienced some battery problems for several devices. Build 708 will fix that regression and also provide you with the whole version of firmware 1.1 with a little plus: hyphenation support in mobipocket files. Also, the author's name will now appear in the header of your book if indicated in the book's description.
The download modus operandi will be the same as for the last release.

Enjoy your reading experience.

Best regards,
Bookeen team

P.S.: you must be registered at to download the build 708.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Cybook Gen3 Firmware Upgrade - at last -

The first Cybook Gen3 firmware upgrade (version 1.1) is now available, thank you for your patience. With this build you will be able to enjoy several improvements. Check the link below to discover the features of this new firmware and how to download it.

We hope that you will enjoy this new reading experience.
Best regards,

Bookeen team

PS: you must be registered at to access the upgrade firmware utility.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Cybook is back in stock for its six-month anniversary

It’s been 6 months that we brought the Cybook Gen3 to you. Even with being 4 time out-of-stock, we do continue to share with you the same passion for digital reading. Today, we are excited to announce that Cybook is in stock and ready for shipment within 14 business days.

With this new batch, Bookeen has introduced some hardware and software improvements in Cybook. These elements will be explained and developed in a future post.

Thanks for all your support during this first half of year!

Enjoy your reading with the Cybook.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Waiting for, the new firmware.

Our team is actually working on the development of the new firmware. We are late for that first official update, nevertheless we are doing all that we can to supply you rapidly with your new firmware, integrating a maximum of new feature and bug fixes.

A first hint about what will be integrated in this upgrade is that it will sensibly change the navigation button management.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Cybook in university library

Angers’ university library (France), is now sharing a new idea: experimentation on process and use of the Cybook Gen3 for the students.

They just got equipped with a dozen of Cybooks. Daniel Bourrion (librarian in charge of the digital library) will put Cybooks in students’ hands, allowing a better understanding of the use of eReaders on campus. For more information please visit the blog of Daniel under the heading "Mon e-reader s’appelle reviens". Only in internal loan for the moment, the Cybook Gen3 will be available to students once system and uses be clearly established.

Le Cybook en bibliothèque universitaire

La BU d’Angers vient de s’équiper d’une dizaine de Cybooks.

L’expérimentation menée par Daniel Bourrion (conservateur des bibliothèques responsable de la bibliothèque numérique) va permettre de placer dans les mains des étudiants les Cybooks Gen3 et de mieux comprendre l’usage des readers en université. Pour en savoir plus vous pouvez vous rendre sur le blog de Daniel, dans la rubrique «Mon e-reader s’appelle reviens». Pour l’instant en prêt interne seulement, les Cybooks seront mis à disposition des étudiants, une fois un système et des usages clairement établis.

Bookeen’s resellers network grows rapidly

Bookeen is now close from gathering 18 dealers in 11 different countries.

You can find the Cybook Gen3 both on specialized online retailers like Justread in Germany or AppoloXXI in Spain, and generalist online sites as in Italy, Develop-it in Belgium or Dicoland in France. Bookshops are also reselling the device. Now, you can find the Cybook Gen3 in physical stores like Feltrinelli in Italy and L’appel du livre in France but also on online eBook retailers like Elittera in Norway and Booksonboard for the North American territory.

Lately, you can also find the Cybook Gen3 in outlets 5sur5 Powerstore, French network dedicated to new communication technologies, as well as on the Polish and Czech specialist stores eMedia and Acomp.

Finally, the Cybook made a noticed entry in the famous Brentano’s bookstore, located in the heart of Paris.

Le réseau de revendeurs de Bookeen se développe

Bookeen compte aujourd’hui près de 18 revendeurs dans 11 pays différents.

Vous pouvez trouver le Cybook Gen3 aussi bien sur des sites de vente en ligne spécialisés comme Justread en Allemagne ou AppoloXXI en Espagne, que sur des sites de ventes plus généralistes comme en Italie, Develop-it en Belgique ou Dicoland en France.
Les librairies sont aussi présentes, de manière physique avec Feltrinelli en Italie et L’appel du livre en France, ainsi qu’en ligne avec Elittera en Norvège, Booksonboard pour le territoire Nord-américain.

Depuis peu, vous pouvez aussi trouver le Cybook Gen3 dans les points de ventes 5sur5 Powerstore, réseau français dédié aux nouvelles technologies de la communication, ainsi que sur les sites polonais et tchèque des magasins spécialisés eMedia et Acomp.

Enfin le Cybook fait une entrée remarqué dans la célèbre librairie Brentano’s, situé en plein cœur de Paris, et est présenté au milieu des ouvrages anglais et français.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Venez nous rencontrer au Salon du Livre de Paris

Bookeen est présent au salon du Livre de Paris. Notre stand A067 se situe dans l’espace « Lectures de demain » dédié au livre numérique. Nous serons très heureux de vous recevoir et de vous présenter le Cybook Gen3 en "live". Le Cybook Gen3 sera en démonstration et en vente sur le salon dans la limite des stocks disponibles. Voici quelques liens très utiles pour faciliter votre visite :

- un plan du salon, pour retrouver notre stand,

- les coordonnées exactes du salon du Livre dans Paris,

- les différents moyens de transport pour y accéder,

- notre fiche exposant sur le site du salon.

Visit us at the 2008 Paris book fair

Bookeen is present at the Paris Book Fair in France from March 14th to 19th. Our booth A067 takes place in the "Lectures de demain" ("Tomorrow’s reading") zone. We will be very happy to meet you there and show you the Cybook Gen3. The Cybook Gen3 will be showcased and for sale on the show within the limits of available stocks. Here are some very useful links to facilitate your visit:

- A plan of the show, to find our stand,

- The exact coordinates of the Paris Book Fair,

- Different means of transportation to get there,

- Our detailed exhibitor file on the show website.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Best wishes 2008

First of all, with almost one month late, best wishes 2008 to all of you.

This year 2007 has been tremendous for Bookeen. Against all odds, we have released our Cybook Gen3 almost on time and the device has met a smashing success. As already announced several times before, we have been overwhelmed by the demand and we all thank you for this success. The first reactions of our customers and professionals have been great obtaining a 9 out of 10 from TrustedReviews with a nice "Of all the dedicated eBook readers I've seen this is definitely the best".

We have also noted all the remarks of our first customers : folder support, delete key, better sound interface and our dev team is already working on them. Please note that, even if we are not very responsive, we always read all your emails and take in account your feedback.

Since our creation in 2003, Bookeen has always tried to keep in touch with its customers and to offer a reactive and efficient customer support. Concerning this part of our job, we clearly have not met our quality imperatives for the Cybook Gen3 release. We are now making all the necessary decisions to have a customer support department running properly.

In parrallel of our online store, a reseller network has grown much faster than expected and right now almost 11 stores (both web and brick and mortar) are selling the Cybook Gen3. This network is increasing every week and we invite everyone interested by selling the Cybook to get in touch with us.

We have also been part of several great initiatives like the NAEB buyer's club and the Cluster21 publisher pack. I will describe these two initiatives in future posts.

We will definitely be more active on this blog and give you fresh news about Bookeen and Cybook Gen3 in the next few days.

Thanks again.



PS: The Cybook is currently in stock. Shipments have restarted, the current average delay between order and shipment is 5 business days