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No. The Cybook screen is not backlit. As a sheet of paper the Cybook E Ink® or ePaper screen uses ambient light to enlighten the reading surface. Your Cybook is thus readable in full sunlight which is not the case for almost all standard LCD displays.

The Cybook Odyssey shows a genuine new technology: the HSIS that fluidize and accelerate the E Ink® screen management. With the HSIS, Bookeen invents the fast e-ink. Not only does Bookeen offer exclusive technology. But also a brand new smooth and simple reading experience. Bookeen’s teams have been working on the High Speed Ink System for 2 years… It is the first time that an e-reader with e-ink technology reaches this speed. 

The USB cable for the Cybook Gen3 and the Cybook Opus is a mini USB cable. The gum around the USB connector is thinner at the end.

It is important to use the USB cable provided with the Cybook to charge the device because other mini USB cable may not fit well into the USB connector due to a gum too thick.

The USB cable for the Cybook Orizon and the Cybook Odyssey is a micro USB cable. It is a cable smaller and thinner. We advice you to use the USB cable provided with the Cybook to charge the device. 

- The Cybook Gen3 has a 6 inches screen with a high resolution of 600 x 800 and 166 dpi.

- The resolution of the Cybook Opus which has a 5 inches screen, is 600 x 800 pixels and it has 200 dpi.

- The resolution of the Cybook Orizon which has a 6 inches screen, is 600 x 800 pixels and it has 167 dpi.

- The resolution of the Cybook Odyssey which has a 6 inches screen, is 600 x 800 pixels and it has 167 dpi.

- The Cybook Gen3 weighs 6.13 ounces (174 grams) battery included.

- The Cybook Opus weighs 5.3 ounces (150 grams) battery included.

- The Cybook Orizon weighs 8.6 ounces (245 grams) battery included.

- The Cybook Odyssey weighs 6.9 ounces (195 grams) battery included.


For comparison:
  • a standard paperback weighs 11.2 ounces (317grams)
  • a 3.5 inch screen smartphone weighs 4.8 ounces (135 grams).

Not at all. The Cybook is designed for you. With few buttons and a USB cable you control everything.

To recharge the Cybook you have to connect it to a computer with the provided USB cable (mini USB).

You can also use a power adapter. It has to have the following characteristics:

  • Input: AC100-240V 50/60Hz
  • Output: DC5.0V +/- 5%
  • Max: 700mA Min 150mA

The Cybook screen is viewable under a wide range of lighting conditions, including direct sunlight and possesses a paper-like high contrast appearance. Like a sheet of paper, it can be viewed from nearly any angle, doesn't show any flicker effect and has a high resolution. When you read, you have no eyestrain and it definitely gives you the experience of reading from paper.

The Cybook shows an outstanding black and white screen, utilizing a breakthrough technology: the Electronic Ink Display (E Ink®). The screen acts like a paper page made of tiny ink particles which can migrate and modify the layout of your screen in a second. The Cybook screen is viewable under a wide range of lighting conditions, including direct sunlight and possesses a paper-like high contrast appearance. Like a sheet of paper, it can be viewed from nearly any angle, doesn't show any flicker effect and has a high resolution. When you read, you have no eyestrain and it definitely gives you the experience of reading from paper. The screen can be used either in portrait or landscape mode, it proposes several grey levels and use a special dithering method which enables a high quality picture rendering.

The Cybook Odyssey shows an outstanding 6” inch screen, utilizing the best e-ink screen from E Ink®: the E Ink® Pearl screen. The screen acts like a paper page made of tiny ink particles which can migrate and modify the layout of your screen in a second.

The Cybook Odyssey screen is viewable under a wide range of lighting conditions, including direct sunlight and possesses a paper-like high contrast appearance. Like a sheet of paper, it can be viewed from nearly any angle, doesn't show any flicker effect and has a high resolution of 600 x 800 pixels resolution corresponding to 167 dpi (dots per inch).

When you read, you have no eyestrain and it definitely gives you the experience of reading from paper.



The battery of the Cybook Gen3 and Opus are of Lithium Polymer type offering a capacity of 1000 mAh.
(For those 2 products, the battery can be changed if needed, as it is located in a compartment which can be opened easily. Only the batteries sold by Bookeen are accepted for the Cybook.)
The battery of the Cybook Orizon is of Lithium Polymer type offering a capacity of 1230 mAh. With a 10,000 page flips battery life.
The Cybook Odyssey has an internal rechargeable LI-Polymer battery (1650 mAh). It allows a large battery lifetime (around 25,000 continuous pages turned). 
The battery is recharged via the Cybook USBconnector. The charging time is around 3 or 5 hours. You can recharge your battery via a connection with a computer or directly from a USBcharger provided by Bookeen.

The Cybook can run in several modes:

- Reading mode: the Cybook led is switched on and the processor is running at full speed. For the Cybook Gen3 and the Cybook Opus, while you play a MP3 file with the Cybook,  the Cybook is running in this mode. In this mode the Cybook battery lifetime is reduced.

- Screensaver mode: The Cybook screen displays a random image or your personal image previously loaded - only for the Cybook Odyssey - (don't forget E Ink® screen can maintain an image without power consumption). In this mode the power consumption is very low but not nil. To reach this state, just slide the button or wait for the Cybook Odyssey or press the ON/OFF button for the other Cybook to reach this state after a timeout. This state is equivalent to sleep modes for a computer or a cell phone.

- Full Off mode: The Cybook screen is white with an icon displayed in the top right corner of the screen. In this mode the power consumption is very close to zero, your device is completely switched off (it can stay like this for several months). To reach this state, for the Cybook Orizon and the Cybook Odyssey, go on the Home Page, then Settings, then Advanced Shutdown. Answer Yes to the dialogbox, the screen will flash until reaching the white page with the bottom right corner icon. For the Cybook Gen3 and Cybook Opus, you just have to press the ON/OFF button for at least 2 seconds. 

You can increase your storage capacity by using an optional memory card and get an extra storage space:

  • The Cybook Gen3  can support  standard SD memory cards. The Cybook may not be able to read certain SD cards with more than 4 GBytes of memory size.
  •  The Cybook Opus supports micro SD cards up to 8 GB.
  • The Cybook Orizon supports micro SDHC cards up to 8 GB. 
  • The Cybook Odyssey supports micro SDHC cards up to 32 GB. Standard microSD memory card (as the ones used for mobiles) can be used with the Cybook Odyssey. You should insert your microSD memory card so that the inscriptions on it point towards the bottom.  

On the Cybook Gen3 and the Cybook Opus, no. There is no touchscreen and no stylus on these models. You control the device with its buttons.

On the other hand, the Cybook Orizon and the Cybook Odyssey are tactile and multi-touch readers.

Natively you have a french one but not an english one. Soon you will be able to add english or other language dictionaries.