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Cybook Opus 2010

Bookeen Cybook Opus e-book reader 2010 edition

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When asked, Bookeen did say that user bookmarks may appear in a future firmware update, but couldn't give any idea of a date. Furthermore, Bookeen is still tying itself in knots over the issue of support for Mobipocket and ePub. To access Mobi files – DRM protected or not – you need to change the firmware because, out-of-the-box, the new Opus only supports ePub.

Cybook Opus 2010

Two viewing formats on offer, but the device has to be preconfigured for one or the other

So while Bookeen is technically correct in saying the Opus supports both formats, it is playing a little fast and loose with the actualité, because it won't support them at the same time, and the Mobipocket compliant firmware isn't currently available for the new coloured Opus.

With the world + dog and even Sony now using ePub as the e-book standard, it would make life simpler for all if Bookeen just left Mobipocket to wither on the vine and become the sole preserve of the Kindle.

Maybe Bookeen feels it has to stick with it out of Gallic loyalty. At least the Opus deals with ePub DRM reliably. Authorising the device with Adobe Digital Editions posed no problems, nor did transferring DRM protected files across from my PC.

Like the original Opus the new model won't play music files. Yes, I know this is an e-book reader not an MP3 player but, come on, this is 2010 and the original Cybook Gen 3 played MP3 files. I for one like a little music with my literature and I'd prefer to get them both off the same device.

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