RCA eBook Reader (REB1100)
- 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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|Battery Cell Composition||—||Lithium||Lithium-Cobalt||Lithium-Cobalt|
|Configuration||—||DTCP||With Special Offers||With Special Offers|
|Connectivity Technology||usb||Wi-Fi||Wi-Fi + Free 3G||WIFI|
|Digital Storage Capacity||—||4 GB||4 GB||4 GB|
|Screen Size||—||6 in||6 in||6 in|
|Item Weight||—||7.23 ounces||0.51 lb||5.7 ounces|
|Lithium Battery Packaging||—||Batteries packed with equipment||Batteries packed with equipment||Batteries contained in equipment|
|Size||—||4 GB||4 GB||4 GB|
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.
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This is the direct descendent of the Rocket Ebook by Nuvomedia. The REB 1100 from Gemstar was the first unit released by Gemstar after they bought both Nuvomedia and Softbook. The REB 1100 is the product of the Nuvomedia purchase and the REB 1200 is the product of the Softbook purchase. The REB 1200 is a nice unit with color and all kinds of extras. The problem is that the unit was heavy, battery power was inadequate and the ability to create your own content was minimal.
The REB 1100 allowed you to create content, although you had to use other software, and easily transfer purchased and user created data from the PC to the REB 1100. The unit was significantly lighter then the original Rocket Ebook with minimal battery life loss. The battery still could last a good 20 hours with backlight turned on. The unit also has a SD slot to expand memory up to an additional 128 MB of RAM. Even the native 8 MB holds 10 novels easily.
The REB1100 was followed with the REB1150. The REB 1150 was a similar unit but it made the creation of user content for the device more difficult and moved the repository for content online versus on your PC. The REB 1150 is no longer manufactured under that name either and Gemstar has shutdown Ebook operations several years ago. Recently the REB 1150 has been repacked and is being sold under a different name by an online Ebook vendor.
I still own 3 of these and use them all the time. There are a number of other devices being released summer of 2006 that claim to do similar things but only time will tell if they are as versatile as the REB 1100 was. The truth of how great a product this is can be seen by the fact that the resale price of these units continues to climb as the years progress. If you can get your hands on one of these I doubt you will be disappointed.
I downloaded a FREE copy of the old Gemstar-Rocket Reader library program which DOES have ROCKET WRITER to convert non-proprietary Word and HTML to RB format for reading; so was thrilled that most of my eBooks DID convert to be able to read on this reader. I'm not a geek and found this easy to do - all you need is the extra time & space on PC for conversion. REB 1100 came with its own Librarian program for PC storage of eBooks; so I used the PC and REB Librarian not the phone connection for my book downloads & storage.
The only difficulty I found with converted books is sometimes the spacing was different in the conversion. (I found this with Mobipocket conversions, too; so was not surprised)
I just hope that when this finally dies there is something out there that will compare with my little reb. And no, I will never buy a kindle because of the proprietary format. I want something I can read the books I already have on it, be it .pdf, .doc or html.
When I finally got in. It was much smother. I can't really blame the company though since it was more trial an error on my part plus I was trying to register Christmas Day. Next thing I did was try and buy a couple of books for the unit. I was affraid they didn't have any books on my wife's interest (Romance) but, 731 books. Very pleased there. Buying books was a snap too with the eBook Librarian software they provide. All I did was buy the books and she downloaded it herself using the built in modem an phone line they provide. They were waiting for her on her "Online Library." All she had to do was provide a password and boom... she had her books. Everything was smooth so far. Untill 2 days later. The unit wouldn't turn on. It happened while she was charging her unit. She plug in the provided adapter, went away for ten minutes, pick up the unit, hit the power button and... nothing. She called me over in a panic and I tried plugging the unit someplace else and... nothing. I pick up the the small instruction that came with the unit but, it had no sections on trouble shooting the unit. It provide a phone number that was not 24hr support. And when I called the number it referred me to their website. Sure enough I patiently followed all the instructions and got to the trouble shooting part on there website and I found what I was looking for. It just intructed me to reset the unit and try again. I tried it and.... it worked perfectly! I was extremely relieved since I was kind of skeptical to begin with. I'm happy to report she's back to reading happily and pointing out all the great books she can buy. I'm still keeping a careful eye on it but so far so good. In fact if the unit hangs in there for a while... I might get myself one.
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