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1. Franklin EBM-911 eBookMan (Translucent
$120.29 list($149.99)
2. Franklin EBM-901 eBookman (Metallic
$99.94 list($129.99)
3. Franklin EBM-900 eBookman (Translucent
$39.99 list($24.99)
4. Franklin eBookman ELC-1 Case
$39.95 list($29.99)
5. Franklin eBookman EUC-1 USB Cradle
list($29.99)
6. Franklin eBookman EAC-1 AC Power
$13.95 list($19.99)
7. Franklin eBookman EUP-1 USB Cable
$39.95 list($29.99)
8. Franklin eBookman ESC-1 Serial
$26.99 list($29.99)
9. Franklin eBookman ECK-1 Car Kit
list($199.99)
10. Franklin EB-500 Rocket eBook
$39.88
11. FRANKLIN German - English Dictionary

1. Franklin EBM-911 eBookMan (Translucent Graphite)
list price: $199.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00004WHFN
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Franklin Electronics
Sales Rank: 14001
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

Amazon.com Review

One of the main complaints about the first few generations of electronic book readers is their cost--who wants to pay several hundred dollars for the equivalent of a few $3 paperbacks? Enter Franklin's new line of eBookMan devices, available in three different models. We got an early peek at the top level eBookMan, which features 16 MB of memory, a sharp 200 x 240 16-level gray scale display, and excellent versatility.

In addition to being an e-book reader, the eBookMan also plays audio files (both audiobooks and MP3s), records voice messages, and functions as a respectable PDA. A flip-up cover and hard rubber outer coating afford protection for the device. With a USB-connected cradle, transfers between desktop and the eBookMan proceed quickly.

While the eBookMan offers a date book, address book, memo application (using natural handwriting recognition), and voice memo recorder, its main angle is still as a book reader. The large screen and powerful backlight makes reading literature in the Franklin Reader format clear, though the backlight did seem to drain the batteries rather quickly in our demo unit.

Ironically, the eBookMan's versatility also draws attention to its limitations. While the unit will play MP3 files, it can only store four to six songs at once with its 16 MB of memory. However, if you pick up an optional MultiMediaCard with up to 64 MB of memory, it is possible to adapt the eBookMan into a more respectable MP3 player.

While you'll need to spend a little extra to money to get your eBookMan to reach its full potential, the unit's low original cost and variety of applications make it an excellent gateway into the world of electronic literature. --J. Curtis

Pros:

  • Very versatile--PDA, e-books, audiobooks, and MP3s in one device
  • USB connection
  • Large display
Cons:
  • Not currently compatible with Microsoft Reader
  • Short battery life
  • Gray scale only
... Read more

Features

  • 16 MB handheld multimedia reader and content player with large, backlit display
  • Download and read thousands of electronic books or documents, or listen to audio books
  • Listen to your favorite music in MP3 format
  • Write notes in your own handwriting, and record messages in your own voice
  • Keep track of your important contacts, dates, and appointments

Reviews (72)

4-0 out of 5 stars A Terrific Bargain
I've been using the eBookMan for almost 2 weeks now. This is the Swiss army knife of PDAs, and it is much better for some purposes than others.

Pros - Nice looking item at a great price; Downloading and reading books and magazines (many free!) works very smoothly. Understanding how to manage files using the Desktop Manager takes a little study, and it is a little confusing to have two separate eBook programs to deal with, but the instruction booklet is very good; The handwriting recognition is surprisngly good, and there is also an optional on-screen keyboard; The various included software (plus the free downloads upon registration, including dictionaries) are worth the purchase price by themselves.

Cons - The built in speaker is barely audible at full volume, although earphones (optional) will help with this; To record a voice memo you almost have to shout to have it loud enough to hear on playback; I originally rated the MP3 quality as poor, based on the sample included with the device. After loading in an MP3 of my own, I would rate the MP3 quality as acceptable. The volume is low even with headphones and set to the highest level, but it was not nearly as distorted as the awful sample they provided. I would still not recommend this unit if the primary reason for purchase is listening to music or taking voice memos; The only way to input adresses, to-do lists, etc. from your computer is from MS Outlook, unless you are willing to shell out nearly [dollar amount] for a utility program which expands this capability to a few more existing programs (such as Lotus Organizer). I would love to see a free or cheap dedicated PIM program for the PC end to allow input of contact info without having to shell out for Outlook (does not work with Outlook Express).

Other points - Unit did lock up twice, but responded to a soft reset without loss of info; You should consider rechargable batteries to save money in the long run; Screen is fairly reflective, so angle of light source is important; Backlight is weak and is only useful in completely dark room; Keep in mind that unit must be activated online and is not functional without a PC and internet access.

4-0 out of 5 stars After some initial problems, a decent ebook reader
If I had reviewed this product 7 months ago when I first got it, I would have given it a big fat 0 because all those thousands of free titles offered by Franklin Publishing's website did not download complete books using the Franklin Viewer. Also I had a great deal of trouble getting the OS to load. Eventually I solved the problem, something to do with a driver, but I gave up on it as a book reader because I wanted all those out of print titles that Franklin promised me! So it gathered dust for a few months until I decided to give it another try. This time when I downloaded the OS, MobiReader was included and I could get ALL of the book on my device. So I am now satisfied with my purchase.

I don't have any use for those PDA features like address book, memo, to do book, so I just retired them to desktop manager's Library instead of Contents folder so I have more memory for books.

The only negative thing I can say about it is there is a glare problem with the screen and I thought it came with backlight feature but that is my fault for picking the cheapest model. Otherwise I am very happy with it.

1-0 out of 5 stars My EBM-911 overheated.
Why Franklin built this device to run on regular batteries, I'll never know. About six months into ownership, I was reading an ebook when my hand began to feel heat coming from the unit. I shut it off and removed the batteries-- they were so hot, I dropped them. I tried another set of batteries and they overheated. I now read ebooks on my Compaq Aero pocket pc, which I've had for 3 years. The screen is smaller, but the device is dependable, with a rechargeable lithium battery.

1-0 out of 5 stars One star for the bigger screen
I was so excited when I bought this. Smaller and lighter than a real book, it fits in my bag, ebooks are cheaper and dpn't waste natural resources. Now I realise that I made a mistake. Firstly, the batteries can die without notice so I needed to keep a file backup with me at all times, secondly I had to go to the net to register the operating system when the batteries failed (which they did quite often). Thirdly, although the screen is larger the text can be quite difficult to read in certain light. Lastly, the machine uses it's own operating system which will not read pdf files or microsoft reader (lit)files. Most importantly, technical support is really bad. I lost my operating system six days ago and could not contact the server, I contacted technical support that day and they have just gotten back to me today to say that the server is down and they don't know when it will be back. My advice? Don't waste your money.

4-0 out of 5 stars I love this thing
I love the ebookman 911. The screen is wider than my pda, it's also thinner and less bulky. Plus as an added bonus, it has a nice scroller on the side which makes it a lot easier to turn the page. I also like that you can change the batteries instead of having to wait forever to recharge the darn thing like my pda.

My only problem and the reason I didn't give it 5 stars is b/c of the gray screen. It might not bother anyone else but the lack of color bothers me enormously and is the reason I bought my pda in the first place. So while I think the eBookman is great, I wish they would come out with a color version and I would get rid of everything else. ... Read more


2. Franklin EBM-901 eBookman (Metallic Black)
list price: $149.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00004WHFL
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Franklin Electronics
Sales Rank: 9406
Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

One of the main complaints about the first few generations of electronicbook readers is their cost--who wants to pay several hundred dollars for theequivalent of a few $3 paperbacks? Enter Franklin's new line of eBookMandevices, available in three different models. We got an early peek at themidlevel eBookMan, which features 8 MB of memory, a sharp 200 x 240 16-levelgray scale display, and excellent versatility.

In addition to being an e-book reader, the eBookMan also plays audio files (bothaudiobooks and MP3s), records voice messages, and functions as a respectablePDA. A flip-up cover and hard rubber outer coating afford protection for thedevice. With a USB-connected cradle, transfers between desktop and the eBookManproceed quickly.

While the eBookMan offers a date book, address book, memo application (usingnatural handwriting recognition), and voice memo recorder, its main angle isstill as a book reader. The large screen and powerful backlight makes readingliterature in the Franklin Reader format clear, though the backlight did seem todrain the batteries rather quickly in our demo unit.

Ironically, the eBookMan's versatility also draws attention to its limitations.While the unit will play MP3 files, it can only store two or three songs at oncewith its 8 MB of memory (the top-of-the-line model, the EBM-911, comes with 16MB). However, if you pick up an optional MultiMediaCard with up to 64 MB ofmemory, it is possible to adapt the eBookMan into a more respectable MP3 player.

While you'll need to spend a little extra to money to get your eBookMan to reachits full potential, the unit's low original cost and variety of applicationsmake it an excellent gateway into the world of electronic literature. --J.Curtis

Pros:

  • Very versatile--PDA, e-books, audiobooks, and MP3s in one device
  • USB connection
  • Large display
Cons:
  • Not currently compatible with Microsoft Reader
  • Short battery life
  • Gray scale only
... Read more

Features

  • 8 MB handheld multimedia reader and content player with large, backlit display area
  • Download and read thousands of electronic books or documents, or listen to audio books
  • Listen to your favorite music in MP3 format
  • Write notes in your own handwriting, and record messages in your own voice
  • Keep track of your important numbers, dates, and appointments

Reviews (50)

2-0 out of 5 stars The One Book At A Time eBookMan!
The eBookMan has a lot of promise, but potential buyers should be aware of some major problems. The screen is large, but the contrast between the text and the background makes it hard to read in anything but the best light. Controls are simple and battery life has been good, but the manual has to be downloaded along with the operating system and software. The worst problem is that after spending ... for an additional 64MB, I found that only music files can be saved to the MMC card! Since the OS, utilities and dictionary consume a majority of the built in 8Mb RAM, only 1 or 2 ebooks can be loaded at a time. Page 21 of the manual says you can store any files to the MMC, but Franklin had this to say: "At the present time you are only able to load MP3 files onto the MMC card. You will be able to load other files onto the MMC card soon. Please check our Web site for future postings on this subject." So for now, the eBookMan is actually only a very poor eMusicMan.

5-0 out of 5 stars I also love my eBookman.
I bought the eBookMan for reading books, not for PDA functions or an mp3 player. If I wanted that stuff I would have bought a PDA or mp3 player. Having them in the EBM is just a bonus that I don't take advantage of.

That said, this is a great device for reading ebooks! I can see several common complaints so this device probably isn't for someone who isn't very tech-savvy. True, the documentation is sparse and you have to download the OS(what a bonus though, you get the latest OS and applications!) but it's not terribly difficult. Some people have problems losing everything when they change the batteries and I had this problem also. One call to Franklin support and they sent me a new eBookMan to replace my old one. The new one did not have the same problem. The battery life is fairly short but NiMH rechargables while on the go and using an AC adapter while at home keeps you from going through tons of batteries. The backlight is far from useless, it is absolutely perfect for night reading!

Content was an issue as well. Not for me personally, though, as I found tons of stuff to read between Project Gutenberg free etexts and little science fiction publishers. Now with the latest version of MobiPocket Reader you can buy and download secure MobiPocket eBooks. This should result in a lot more "mainstream" national best seller books being released under the Secure MobiPocket format. Don't forget I get daily news from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Onion and zdnet courtesy of MobiPocket. There are tons of news magazines/papers/online news that you can get.

I also recommend anyone who owns the EBM or is interesting in purchasing check out the eBookMan Yahoo group. You'll find lots of info as far as where to get ebooks and also cool applications that people have developed for it!

Don't buy this for a PDA. If you love reading and think you can handle a little futzing with the tech part of it I recommend this product!

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Value and Impressive Features
I bought the Ebookman 901 without knowing anything about it, and I have been very pleasantly surprised at how versatile it is. Just add a 128 MB MMC card (which are now pretty reasonable on E-bay) and you can have 2 hours of music to go! I have another 64 MB MMC card in it on which I have all the books I have downloaded. A 64 MB card will hold almost 100 regular books! The MobiPocket Reader is great for casual reading, and the Franklin Reader has all the navigation features to make it great for references. I can read any book in HTML or TXT format, and there are thousands for free on the web. The Ebookman also has some nice accessories like a car stereo adaptor and an AC adaptor for home use. The PDA functions like Address Book and Memo Book and Date Book are very handy. There are some really fun games. I take this unit when I am traveling, and am never bored. I think if you read the manual and learn how to use it properly, you will love this device. And now you can find them on E-bay and Heartland America for less than 50 bucks. WOW!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great deal for the money!
I've read other reviews for this product that have people complaining about losing their data when the batteries are changed. THIS IS NOT TRUE if you're carefull. First of all, my ebookman came with a bright blue warning flier stating that your ebookman needs to be turned OFF when you change the batteries. Pretty simple, huh? Also, don't wait for your battery to completely die before you change it. The main menu screen has a battery meter in the bottom right hand corner, and I just switch out the batteries when the meter reaches 10%. I primarily use my ebookman to read ebooks and I love it!

1-0 out of 5 stars Data clears with battery change
Each time you replace the battery you have to reload all of your data. Don't waste your money on this one. ... Read more


3. Franklin EBM-900 eBookman (Translucent Blue)
list price: $129.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00004WHFK
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Franklin Electronics
Sales Rank: 25265
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Franklin EBM-900 eBookman is an 8 MB multimedia and content playerin a pocketable format. With the eBookman, you can download and read or listento thousands of your favorite books. For reading comfort, the eBookman has alarge display that shows 87 percent more information than other handhelddevices. If you need to check a definition while reading a book, the eBookmancomes with an easily accessible Merriam-Webster dictionary. You can also listento music by downloading your favorite songs in MP3 format. The built-inmicrophone allows you to record messages that you can play back anytime, orwrite quick notes using either the built-in stylus or the pop-up keyboard. TheeBookman has a calendar, address book, to-do list, and scheduler so you canremain organized by carrying all of your important personal data with youwherever you go. The eBookman features state-of-the-art compression, highlysophisticated search, and easy-to-use hypertext.

The Franklin EBM-900 eBookman comes with a one-year warranty. ... Read more

Features

  • 8 MB handheld multimedia reader and content player with large display area
  • Download and read thousands of electronic books or documents, or listen to audio books
  • Listen to your favorite music in MP3 format
  • Write notes in your own handwriting, and record messages in your own voice
  • Keep track of your important numbers, dates, and appointments

Reviews (72)

4-0 out of 5 stars A Terrific Bargain
I've been using the eBookMan for almost 2 weeks now. This is the Swiss army knife of PDAs, and it is much better for some purposes than others.

Pros - Nice looking item at a great price; Downloading and reading books and magazines (many free!) works very smoothly. Understanding how to manage files using the Desktop Manager takes a little study, and it is a little confusing to have two separate eBook programs to deal with, but the instruction booklet is very good; The handwriting recognition is surprisngly good, and there is also an optional on-screen keyboard; The various included software (plus the free downloads upon registration, including dictionaries) are worth the purchase price by themselves.

Cons - The built in speaker is barely audible at full volume, although earphones (optional) will help with this; To record a voice memo you almost have to shout to have it loud enough to hear on playback; I originally rated the MP3 quality as poor, based on the sample included with the device. After loading in an MP3 of my own, I would rate the MP3 quality as acceptable. The volume is low even with headphones and set to the highest level, but it was not nearly as distorted as the awful sample they provided. I would still not recommend this unit if the primary reason for purchase is listening to music or taking voice memos; The only way to input adresses, to-do lists, etc. from your computer is from MS Outlook, unless you are willing to shell out nearly [dollar amount] for a utility program which expands this capability to a few more existing programs (such as Lotus Organizer). I would love to see a free or cheap dedicated PIM program for the PC end to allow input of contact info without having to shell out for Outlook (does not work with Outlook Express).

Other points - Unit did lock up twice, but responded to a soft reset without loss of info; You should consider rechargable batteries to save money in the long run; Screen is fairly reflective, so angle of light source is important; Backlight is weak and is only useful in completely dark room; Keep in mind that unit must be activated online and is not functional without a PC and internet access.

4-0 out of 5 stars After some initial problems, a decent ebook reader
If I had reviewed this product 7 months ago when I first got it, I would have given it a big fat 0 because all those thousands of free titles offered by Franklin Publishing's website did not download complete books using the Franklin Viewer. Also I had a great deal of trouble getting the OS to load. Eventually I solved the problem, something to do with a driver, but I gave up on it as a book reader because I wanted all those out of print titles that Franklin promised me! So it gathered dust for a few months until I decided to give it another try. This time when I downloaded the OS, MobiReader was included and I could get ALL of the book on my device. So I am now satisfied with my purchase.

I don't have any use for those PDA features like address book, memo, to do book, so I just retired them to desktop manager's Library instead of Contents folder so I have more memory for books.

The only negative thing I can say about it is there is a glare problem with the screen and I thought it came with backlight feature but that is my fault for picking the cheapest model. Otherwise I am very happy with it.

1-0 out of 5 stars My EBM-911 overheated.
Why Franklin built this device to run on regular batteries, I'll never know. About six months into ownership, I was reading an ebook when my hand began to feel heat coming from the unit. I shut it off and removed the batteries-- they were so hot, I dropped them. I tried another set of batteries and they overheated. I now read ebooks on my Compaq Aero pocket pc, which I've had for 3 years. The screen is smaller, but the device is dependable, with a rechargeable lithium battery.

1-0 out of 5 stars One star for the bigger screen
I was so excited when I bought this. Smaller and lighter than a real book, it fits in my bag, ebooks are cheaper and dpn't waste natural resources. Now I realise that I made a mistake. Firstly, the batteries can die without notice so I needed to keep a file backup with me at all times, secondly I had to go to the net to register the operating system when the batteries failed (which they did quite often). Thirdly, although the screen is larger the text can be quite difficult to read in certain light. Lastly, the machine uses it's own operating system which will not read pdf files or microsoft reader (lit)files. Most importantly, technical support is really bad. I lost my operating system six days ago and could not contact the server, I contacted technical support that day and they have just gotten back to me today to say that the server is down and they don't know when it will be back. My advice? Don't waste your money.

4-0 out of 5 stars I love this thing
I love the ebookman 911. The screen is wider than my pda, it's also thinner and less bulky. Plus as an added bonus, it has a nice scroller on the side which makes it a lot easier to turn the page. I also like that you can change the batteries instead of having to wait forever to recharge the darn thing like my pda.

My only problem and the reason I didn't give it 5 stars is b/c of the gray screen. It might not bother anyone else but the lack of color bothers me enormously and is the reason I bought my pda in the first place. So while I think the eBookman is great, I wish they would come out with a color version and I would get rid of everything else. ... Read more


4. Franklin eBookman ELC-1 Case
list price: $24.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000050GDC
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Franklin Electronics
Sales Rank: 6510
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • High-quality leather carrying case
  • Designed specifically for the Franklin eBookMan
  • Side flap storage for business and credit cards
  • Protect your eBookman investment

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Case/Wallet
After buying the EBookman, I needed a case that could handle my everyday life. Before I got this case, I had a junkie old wallet and it was falling apart. So when I got the EBookman case, everything fit. Directly into my pocket, the EBookman goes where I go, and in style. No more need for that old "fake-leather" wallet, go in style with the EBookman Case by Franklin ... Read more


5. Franklin eBookman EUC-1 USB Cradle
list price: $29.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000050GDL
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Franklin Electronics
Sales Rank: 34136
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6. Franklin eBookman EAC-1 AC Power Adapter
list price: $29.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000050GDN
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Franklin Electronics
Sales Rank: 20084
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Preserve the life of the batteries in your Franklin eBookman handheldwith this AC adapter. This adapter allows you to power your handheld at home andthe office. It handles both U.S. and European voltages and comes with adaptersfor European countries. This adapter comes in black and has a 9-foot cord. ... Read more

Features

  • Works via USB port of Franklin's eBookMan handheld
  • Handles U.S. as well as European voltage
  • Comes with adapters for European countries
  • Black finish
  • 9-foot cord

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars Does the job well!
Does the job exactly as advertised. Note: get one of the free eBookMan add-on programs (either "Awake" or "Batgraph") so that the eBookMan will draw power from the adapter, rather than the AAA batteries, when turned off. The cord between the adapter and the USB connector for the eBookMan is generously long.

5-0 out of 5 stars This product is a must for Ebookman users.
I've had my adapter for a few days now and have no complaints to make. If you are planning to use the backlight or speaker on your Ebookman for any extended periods of time you need to get this adapter or you'll find yourself spending a fortune in batterys. The adapter is compact, light weight, and has a wonderfully long cord. : ) ... Read more


7. Franklin eBookman EUP-1 USB Cable
list price: $19.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000050GDM
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Franklin Electronics
Sales Rank: 18289
Average Customer Review: 2 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (1)

2-0 out of 5 stars Meets Needs, but False advertisement
I ordered this cable hoping that it would help with getting away from the limited use of the USB cradle due to the fact that I have a PDA case that requires velcro on the back. With the velcro, the once natural fit of the eBookman on the cradle becomes too snug and I am afraid I am going to damage the unit everytime I attach the device on. In turn, I purchased the USB cable, but the picture that Amazon shows is a long "version" of the cord. Looking closer, it looks like they just chopped off the USB cable from a cradle and showed that, being that cable is longer. In reality, the cable is a very short limited one. No wonder they offer it for 51% off. But oh, do they make up for the cost in shipping and handling. When I got the product and saw how short it was, I was naturally disappointed. I was looking for a long USB cable as advertised, long and convienent, and instead I got a limited short reachability. ... Read more


8. Franklin eBookman ESC-1 Serial Cradle
list price: $29.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000050GDP
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Franklin Electronics
Sales Rank: 35644
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Amazon.com Product Description

Stay in synch at home as well as the office with this serial cradle foryour Franklin eBookman handheld. It will keep your organizer up to date withmultiple computers and keep your home and office computers synchronized. Thismodel connects to a computer's serial port, so it's ideal for users of non-USB-equippedPCs who need to synch their eBookman with other computers. This blackcradle is powered from your PC's PS/2 port and comes with a 5-foot cable. ... Read more

Features

  • Serial cradle to synch your Franklin eBookMan handheld with your PC
  • Ideal for connecting to second, non-USB computer
  • Powered from PC's PS/2 port
  • 5-foot cable for easy access
  • Black finish to complement eBookMan design

9. Franklin eBookman ECK-1 Car Kit
list price: $29.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000050GDO
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Franklin Electronics
Sales Rank: 30128
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Amazon.com Product Description

Power your Franklin eBookMan handheld with your car's electrical systemusing this 12-volt power adapter. This car kit also includes a cassette adapter,which connects via your eBookMan's USB port and headphone jack and comes with acoiled cord and stereo miniplug. This adapter comes in black and is speciallydesigned for the Franklin eBookMan handheld. ... Read more

Features

  • Power your Franklin eBookMan handheld with your car's electrical system
  • 12-volt adapter with cord
  • Cassette adapter with coiled cord and stereo miniplug
  • Works via eBookMan's USB port and headphone jack
  • Black finish

10. Franklin EB-500 Rocket eBook
list price: $199.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00000JSFS
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Franklin Electronics
Sales Rank: 29656
Average Customer Review: 4.14 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

The Rocket eBook fits in the palm of your hand and stores the equivalent of 10 novels. Why fuss with bulky paperbacks on your travels when you can download them through the Internet and then read them at your convenience?

Some electronics manufactures have sought to replace the paperback novel with an electronic reader. The concept is simple: Create a handled computing device that can store the text of several books and thus negate the need to buy the physical books. The execution is not simple: Printed books are so perfectly well suited for their intended task that no battery-operated, LCD-sporting device can compete with them. Still, the Franklin Rocket eBook presents a worthy and fun alternative to the printed medium, if not a replacement. You control the unit with three buttons and four icons on its touch-sensitive screen, which let you select a stored title, navigate the title's chapters and pages, and decide how you want to display them (horizontally or vertically or for left or right-handed holding).

The Rocket eBook comes with its owner's manual, the Random House Webster's Concise Dictionary, and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland built-in. To purchase more books, you must install the included RocketLibrarian software and register the Rocket eBook online. In our tests, the process of acquainting ourselves with the device, installing the software, and registering the Rocket eBook online took about 45 minutes.

Using a provider of RocketEdition-compatible titles on the Internet, we located and purchased Daniel Brown's Digital Fortress in about five minutes, and we downloaded it in about two minutes. Transferring the book from our PC to the Rocket eBook took only 30 seconds.

For casual reading, even at only 22 ounces, the unit seems heavy after holding it for a few minutes--much heavier than a normal paperback. The unit's arrow keys let you page forward and backward, but not as rapidly as you can "thumb" through dozens of pages in a paperback. Also, you have to "pan" to see graphic images that are too large to fit on the LCD screen. Overall, the Rocket eBook's reading experience is not as pleasant as we've come to expect from reading an ordinary paperback. Still, if you want to read your favorite books but don't want to carry them in stacks as you travel, the Rocket eBook offers a great alternative--the ability to store several titles in a convenient, compact, portable package. --Mike Brown

Pros:

  • Relatively lightweight
  • Large storage capacity

Cons:

  • Limited rapid scrolling (thumbing through pages)
  • Limited number of titles available
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Features

  • Ergonomic, ambidextrous design, about the size of a paperback
  • Weighs only 22 ounces
  • Stores about 4,000 pages--the equivalent of 10 novels
  • Speech-quality audio for documents published with audio content
  • Long battery life--17 to 33 hours per charge

Reviews (14)

5-0 out of 5 stars Pick one up!
I used to hate the fact that I couldn't read as much as Iwanted to. There just wasn't enough time in the day. The RocketeBook really changed that. I just throw it in my satchel and can turn it on and pick up reading right where I left off.

I know this sounds trite, but I rather read a book on the Rocket than in its paper version. It is a great crutch to my laziness--I can sit or lie in any position and with a flick of my thumb, turn the 'page.' And, whenever I have some down-time, I can spend it reading. The backlit screen makes reading in bed without disturbing my companion realistic. And, the screen is beautiful. It has a great clarity and I suffer from no eyestrain, of course, if YOU do, you can bump up the font a few points. The fact I can get many books loaded on the thing is incredible and allows me to select any reading material I'm in the mood for. Just a few clicks on a book seller's web site and I can download the book in a couple minutes.

I've read where some people complain that the books are a lot more expensive than they should be. However, ebooks are on average 20% less than the normal paper version, and when you consider there is no tax or shipping charges AND get instant gratification of receiving the books immediately, the savings really add up. You can also often download a portion of the book to read, free of charge, so you can see if you'll like it before paying for it. I'd also definitely recommend the 'Pro' version. It's more $$ than the basic version but has 12 more megs of memory and can hold upwards of 50 or 60 books. It's well worth it. Pick one up!

5-0 out of 5 stars If You Can Find It, Buy It!
I love my eBook! When I travel, I sometimes have 40 titles in it, and never run out of things to read. I especially love the way I can download free books from the Gutenberg Project and other public domain sites and load them into the reader. I can download HTML pages, and portions of web sites and have them to read. The backlit screen is very easy to read and requires no external light. You can adjust the light to accomodate a dark room or direct sunlight. I collect web pages and e-mail I've not read yet and upload them to the book. I have bought a few current titles from booksellers, with no shipping and immediate delivery too. Now the downside: It's so easy to get lots of good literature free that authors and book sellers are missing out on a cut of the profits. After all, if you want to read Mark Twain, why pay for a copy when it's all over the Internet, free? So they've stopped making this wonderful gadget, and the replacements from RCA actively discourage you from loading your own materials into the ebook. You can still find the software to do it, but you need to search for it. They also keep the prices very high,...for an ebook! I think this means the format is being driven out of the market slowly. This could eventually limit new, non-public domain book availability, but there will be thousands more freely available books too, plus all the reading you normally do on your computer screen, such as this web page. It will continue to be possible to use the ebook for that. Unless they come up with a PDA with a large, very readable backlit screen, with long-life batteries and highly ergonomic usability, it'll still be easier to read a Rocket ebook!

4-0 out of 5 stars Well worth having "if".
My Rocket eBook is most enjoyable in the dark hours of night if you have problems sleeping as I do. No more flashlights and no lamps on to disturb your partner. It travels just great.. the battery seems to last forever, you don't even need to pack your charger if a weekend trip. The "only" complaint I have is the lack of Best Sellers available and especially, the cost of the few that are. We all have the common sense to realize that if the publishers are NOT spending their money on printing, shipping, etc., they should be able to pass on these savings. At any discount store, we can get printed versions of a Best Seller for about $15.00.. Any new book should be available for this $15.00 or less. psv

5-0 out of 5 stars This is a terrific product!
I have had one of these for about two months, and am totally hooked on it. It has some readily apparent advantages (portability, ease of use, etc.), but some advantages that are not so apparent--it has focused my reading on some classics that I missed earlier in my reading life (as most e-texts are currently non-copyrighted materials; I finally got through Moby Dick) and it has helped to improve my computer skills (to get the absolute most out of it, you need to be able to do some somewhat sophisticated computer stuff). Probably its best feature for me is the portability factor--I can carry a wide variety of texts, articles, etc. on the rocket book in a single, easy to use package. Since I read both voraciously and omnivorously, this is a real plus. I also like the feature that allows different screen aspects (4 way print)--one setting is good for reading in bed, another for reading in a restaurant, etc. The one drawback is the comparitively small memory--if you want to maintain/save some of things that you have read, the 2MB memory quickly fills up. But I think that the value and utility of the product overall outweighs this quibble.

5-0 out of 5 stars Useful where I didn't think it would
This is a very useful product, particularly for downloading lengthy texts from the web. I have found it very useful for studying annual reports, speeches from CEOs, etc. The software allows simple downloading and then one can carry these useful texts with you. Fabulously useful!

My only regret is that it will not read PDF files. Currently, a number of the really useful things that I get come in PDF format. Right now -- in order to down load a PDF file you have to e-mail out and then download the file after a translator reworks it. This has not worked well. ... Read more


11. FRANKLIN German - English Dictionary Bookman Cartridge

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Asin: B0002OMSTK
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Franklin
Sales Rank: 16707
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Features

  • Clear, concise full entries from PONS W?rterbuch f?r Schule und Studium, give you the meanings to communicate effectively.
  • Write and speak accurately with the advanced verb conjugation feature, conjugating and translating both English and German verbs, for example I learn -> Ich lerne.
  • Create your own vocabulary list with My Word List.
  • Grammar guide includes all essential information on German grammar rules, to help you construct sentences.
  • 2,000 travellers' phrases useful for business and leisure travelers.

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