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.