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RCA eBook Reader (REB1100)

by RCA

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  • eBook digital reader
  • 8 MB memory, expandable to 72 MB with Smart Media Card
  • 33.6 Kbps (V.34) modem included
  • Monochrome LCD display
  • Built-in rechargable lithium battery; comes with stylus, power adapter, phone cord, USB cable and more
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: RCA
  • Model: REB1100

Product Details

Product Manual [219kb PDF]
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00005T3UH
  • Item model number: REB1100
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,150 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 4, 1973

Product Description

RCA has brought reading into the digital age with the RCA eBook Reader. With the eBook you can access hundreds of titles instantly by connecting to any analog phone line. The backlit LCD screen lets you easily and comfortably catch up on all the latest novels, newspapers and magazines. Convenient touch screen entry allows you to move pages backward or forward, add bookmarks or make notations. Downloading new books is simple with the built-in 33.6 modem, so there's no need for a PC.

Customer Reviews

I tried tech support.
Kirk A Sauber
To sum up, love it, glad I bought it, would buy again and recommend to friends.
Nancy
I have a program that converts html to rb format and it works fine.
CMG

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

164 of 178 people found the following review helpful By Rose M. Swinson on May 14, 2003
I will admit, that this is a very nice package. The unit is a good weight and it looks wonderful... BUT...( and that's a big but).. this unit is proprietary! You can not convert .html, .txt, or anything else, into the .rb format. The software does not allow it and there are (according to customer support) no plans to create such software. This means you can not use your own content on this unit.
If you're going to buy something, do NOT look at this unit.
I kinda wish they'd put this stuff on the box (supports MMM filetypes) so I wouldn't have wasted my time buying it. Now I'll have to trek back to the store where I purchased it, to return it... and start looking all over again.
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66 of 73 people found the following review helpful By K. Giambastiani on November 20, 2001
I was reluctant to try ebook readers for many reasons, but when the prices started to drop, I decided to give the REB1100 a shot. I'm very glad I did.
The REB1100 is a versatile, easy-to-use little reader that worked perfectly first time out. Controls and page-orientation can be swapped for lefties, the backlit screen allows for night or dim-light reading, you can change the fonts and the font size, and with adjustable brightness and contrast, you can reasonably extend the battery life to 30 hours.
Registration and downloading worked without trouble, and there is a wide variety of books, magazines, and newspapers available for the reader. I'm using mine for reading on the bus, and currently have all of Shakespeare's plays, three classic novels, and a handful of short stories all loaded up--and that's with the onboard 8mb of memory. With a Smart Media card, you can extend that up to 72mb--that's a lot of books in your pocket.
Highly recommended.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A. Tolman on November 16, 2001
I really believe that this device, the RCA REB1100 represents the future of reading. It is small and compact and light --easy to carry. It is backlit and the resolution of the words is quite good -- better than PDA's that I have seen. With an optional memory card, you can store up to probably 30-40+ novels on one simple device. Moving through pages is simple and you can mark bookmarks, write notes, underline etc if you are an active reader. I got mine in October, 2001 and have used it everyday. I love it! Everyone who sees it is impressed by it. It is NOT a PDA, but a device specific to reading. With something like this, I don't need to ever walk into another bookstore; instead, my books come to me and are mine forever. Downloading is a snap.
Give it a try!
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By M on November 6, 2004
Just a note to future readers -

If you take Gemstar up on their offer to "upgrade" this model you will receive some nice new features, however what they don't tell you is that your machine will become PROPRIETARY! All the books you had before will become unreadable and your ebook will only be able to "read" Gemstar books in the future. This means you are force to buy all future books from the Gemstar catalog only!

The new features that come with this upgrade to the 1150 model are hardly worth being locked into one ebook vendor forever. The openness of this little model is it's beauty - it's the last one of it's kind, as all future models are proprietary.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 20, 2001
My congratulations to RCA for making a highly affordable, convenient way to take your reading with you. I have had mine for only a week and can't believe how much I'm enjoying it. You don't have to worry about having sufficient background lighting, either. I teach, and my peers are very impressed with the ease of downloading current books and how I don't have to carry bulky reading material with me anymore. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is an avid reader and loves the convenience electronics brings into their lives.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Bryan Croft on December 13, 2001
Initially, the registration and software update process was twitchy and annoying, and the books offered through their modem service/catalog are a joke. Despite these obvious flaws, it has been wonderful. RCA just doesn't tell you about a couple of the advantages, wanting to sell you a bunch of overpriced and overcontrolled downloads. I got my unit about eight months ago, probably use it in excess of 2 hours a day, and have enjoyed it immensely. I actually prefer it to a hardcover book. It is, by far, the best reader out there, especially with its integrated dictionary and notetaking functions.
I use it to download large work documents into the reader (you can make new files using the open source app rbmake). Then I take notes in the reader on the plane, or in the bathroom, or wherever. With all the Project Gutenberg books available in an easy-to-convert format, you have literally thousands of the greatest books ever available for free download, as well as current books available for purchase online. I'm buying several for relatives for Christmas, along with a CD-ROM full of pub-domain books to get them started.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 21, 2001
I received the reb1100 as a gift in September 2001. Since then, it has been nothing but trouble. Registration was tedious, and my power unit would not recharge my ebook. After contacting customer service and describing the problem, I was told to send in the ebook. A week later I got a "refurbished" unit - that still didn't work! Within hours (spent trying to register the new ebook), the battery was empty and I could not use the ebook at all. I decided to bypass customer service and bought a universal adapter. That didn't work, either. I contacted customer service once again and was told that I would receive a new battery and power unit within 4 to 5 business days. After more than 4 weeks of waiting, nothing has arrived. Calls to customer service simply result in apologies for the inconvenience and to note that they "are working on it." Three months after receiving the ebook, I have not been able to use it once - much to my surprise for a device that is touted as making my life easier and more convenient. Other web sites refer to users with similar problems, but knowing that I am not alone is not much solace. I would recommend that, before deciding to buy or give an ebook, you consider simply burning your money. It would probably be much more efficient than dealing with a company that produces an defective product with exceptionally poor customer service.
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