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Asian eBook Reader Table

 

.This chart compares e-ink based eReaders released in Asia. Only currently marketed products are listed. Our website is mainly oriented at the West, so our details on these models, largely for China, South Korea, and Taiwan, is scant (send us more if you have it). These models may be difficult to import from outside the region. The latest shakeup in eReaders available in Asia was the launch of the international Kindle 2 in October 2009.

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  Table Definitions

.Value Rating: Includes price and our assessment of what you get for your money. There are some very pricey eReaders out there which aren't good value, and cheap ones which don't deliver.

. Features Rating: Includes the eReader's capabilities, display quality, wireless connection, formats, ease of file transfer, etc..

. Usability Rating: How fun and easy it is to use, how often it crashes or how badly buttons are designed. This is the most subjective of the measures, generated from our testing experience as well as user comments from across the net and blogosphere.

. Screen Size / Greyscales: The personal eBook reader size is fairly standard at 6 inches diagonal, or 600x800 pixels as many judge this an ideal paperback-type size for casual, one-handed reading. Bigger isn't necessarily better. The number of greyscales is important if you'll be displaying pictures; early readers did 4, recent ones do 8, and the best models do 16.

. Connectivity: Most eReaders use a USB 2.0 cable to connect and charge to a computer, but a few have WiFi/Bluetooth and only the Kindle 2 has a cellular 3G data connection allowing wireless ebook downloads and basic web surfing.

. Memory: This is built-in memory that comes with the eReader out of the box. Most readers allow you to add more memory via various slots.

. Battery life: Most eBook readers list this in page turns/refreshes, as maintaining an e-ink display "on" draws no power, but when you add functions like wireless, touchscreen, etc., battery life diminishes rapidly, so consider estimates rough.

. Weight: eReaders currently weigh surprisingly little, usually less than a paperback.

. Audio: Nearly all eBook readers have a headphone slot, and some even have speakers.good if you like background music.

. Input Device: These vary from physical keyboard, to touchscreen to D-pads.

. Screen Refresh: How long it takes to refresh the entire e-ink screen.

. File formats supported: The number of format types the eReader supports. This is perhaps not a very useful metric, as if you only use PDFs and MOBI files for instance, it doesn't matter how many more are supported. See eBook reader Basics for if you require more detailed info.

. Release date : When the current model was released--useful as it gives an indication. Newer is usually better, but some older models like the Sony PRS-505 remain a good value favorite with high specs.

. Notes: Some prominent notes on distinguishing features--see detailed review pages for more.

. Price: These are prices in dollars given the various Asian currencies in question. As we try to list all major eBook readers worldwide, and not all are released in all markets, we have tables for UK eReaders, European eReaders, and US eReaders priced in local currencies and with local buying options.

 

Comparison of Asian eBook Readers
Readers
(click to see review)
Amazon Kindle 2 Review
Amazon Kindle 2
Amazon Kindle DX Review
Kindle DX
Sony PRS 300 Review
Sony PRS-300
Sony Daily Reader Review
Sony Daily Readr
Sony PRS 600 Review
Sony PRS-600
Sony PRS 500 Reader Review
Sony PRS 505

Our Ratings
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Screen size / greyscales


6''
16 greyscales
9.7''
16 greyscales
5''
8 greyscales
7''
16 greyscales
6''
8 greyscales
6''
8 greyscales

Connectivity

US-wide cellular free data signal, also USB 2.0 cable US-wide cellular free data signal, also USB 2.0 cable USB 2.0 cable US-wide cellular free data signal, also USB 2.0 cable USB 2.0 cable USB 2.0 cable

Memory

2 GB 4 GB 440MB 2 GB 380MB 256 MB

Battery


~ 2 weeks ~ 2 weeks 7,500 pages
(~2 weeks)
12,000 pages
(~2.5 weeks)
7,500 pages
(~2 weeks)
7,500 pages
(~2 weeks)

Weight

10.2 oz 18.9 oz 7.76 oz 12.7 oz 10.1 oz 9 oz


Audio


Headphone jack and speakers Headphone jack and speakers None Headphone jack Headphone jack Headphone jack

Input device


Keyboard and Directional Pad Keyboard Directional pad Touchscreen Touchscreen Directional pad

Screen refresh

.9 seconds .9 seconds Unknown Unknown Unknown .8 seconds

File formats supported

15 15 7 13 13 12

Released


Feb 09 Jun 09 Aug 09 Dec 09 Aug 09 Oct 07
Notes Unique for global internet capability & browser, most popular eBook reader, all orders from Amazon US 2.5 times bigger screen area than Kindle 2, with same global internet capability, orders from Amazon US The cheapest, no frills/low feature eReader on the market Sony's first wireless model, but no internet, touchscreen shows glare--backordered to mid-Jan Upgrade to PRS 700 with touchscreen, but touch display shows glare Old but still popular; has dominated Europe market due to value and Kindle unavailability

Price

$259 $489 for international version $199 $399 $299 $299
Link to purchase Purchase Amazon Kindle 2 Purchase Amazon Kindle DX Purchase Sony PRS 300 Purchase Sony Daily Reader Purchase Sony PRS 600 Purchase Sony PRS-505 Reader
  Amazon Kindle 2 Kindle DX Sony PRS-300 Sony Daily Readr Sony PRS-600 Sony PRS-505
             
Readers
(click to see review)
Fujitsu FLEPia eBook Reader Review
Fujitsu FLEPia
iRiver Story Reader Review
iRiver Story
Hanvon N516 Handybook eBook Reader Review
Hanvon N516
Pocketbook 360  Reader Review
Pocketbook 360
NUUT 2 NP-602 Reader Review
NUUT 2
Soribook Reader Review
Soribook

Our Ratings
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Features:
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Screen size / greyscales


8'' with 260,000 colors 6''
8 greyscales
5''
8 greyscales
5''
16 greyscales
6''
8 greyscales
6''
4 greyscales

Connectivity

WiFi , Bluetooth, USB 2.0 USB 2.0 cable USB 2.0 cable USB 2.0 cable USB 2.0 cable USB 2.0 cable

Memory

4 GB 2 GB 512 MB 512 MB 1 GB 1 GB

Battery


40 hours 7,000 pages
(~2 weeks)
9,000 pages
(~2 weeks)
8,000 pages
(~2 weeks)
7,500 pages
(~2 weeks)
7,500 pages
(~2 weeks)

Weight

13.5 oz. 10 oz 5.8 oz. 5.3 oz 10 oz 6.13 oz


Audio


Headphone jack and speakers

Headphone jack, mike, and speakers

Headphone jack None Headphone jack Headphone jack

Input device


Touchscreen and directional pad Keyboard Directional pad Directional pad Directional pad Directional pad

Screen refresh

1.8 seconds for basic colors Unknown <=1 seconds .9 seconds Unknown .9 seconds

File formats supported

Microsoft Office files, XDMF, .book, others unknown 13 9 17 9 10

Released


Apr 09 Nov 09 Jul 09 Aug 09 Nov 2009 Unknown
Notes Expensive first color eReader, only available in Japan EU and Korea only, Kindle clone, but cheaper feel and no internet Small, expensive eReader difficult to buy outside China, missing key ebook formats Surprisingly good small Russian eReader, budget option if you don't need connectivity South Korean reader, company's first inhouse design, heavy and not yet polished Higher-spec S. Korean version of Cybook, but not exported

Price

99,750 Yen (~ $1,010) €299 / £229 ¥2,288.00 (~$330) / £150 $240 ~€260 / $375 Unknown
Link to purchase

Purchase Fujitsu FLEPia eBook reader

Purchase iRiver Story

Purchase Hanvon Handybook N516 eBook reader

Purchase Pocketbook 301 eReader Purchase NUUTBook 2 Purchase Soribook eReader
  Fujitsu FLEPia iRiver Story Hanvon N516 Pocketbook 360 NUUT 2 Soribook
             
Readers
(click to see review)
Hanvon 510 Reader Review
Hanvon 510
STAReBOOK Review
STAReBOOK
NUUT NP-601 Reader Review
NUUT NP-601
Hanvon N518 Reader Review
Hanvon N518
Hanvon N520 eBook Reader Review
Hanvon N520
 

Our Ratings
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REVIEW COMING SOON REVIEW COMING SOON  

Screen size / greyscales


5''
4 greyscales
6''
4 greyscales
6''
4 greyscales
     

Connectivity

USB 2.0 cable USB 2.0 cable USB 2.0 cable      

Memory

512 MB 128 MB 512 MB      

Battery


7,000 pages
(~2 weeks)
8,000 pages
(~2 weeks)
7,500 pages
(~2 weeks)
     

Weight

Unknown 6.2 oz 6.2 oz      


Audio


Headphone jack Headphone jack Headphone jack      

Input device


Directional pad Directional pad Directional pad      

Screen refresh

Unknown .9 seconds Unknown      

File formats supported

9 2 known 3 known      

Released


Nov 08 07 07      
Notes Chinese model not for export, currently world's smallest e-paper display Chinese/ Taiwanese aging eReader not for export, similar to Cybook South Korean reader not for export, similar to Cybook      

Price

$295 Unknown $310      
Link to purchase View Hanvon N510 Reader Purchase STAEeBOOK eReader Purchase NUUT NP-601 eReader      
  Hanvon 510 STAReBOOK NUUT NP-601      
             
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These are the main eBook readers available in Asia. If you want to see a table of all eReaders, including hard-to-get models and country specific ones, see our Worldwide Table, or if you are from a different region, try our UK Table, European Table , or US Table.

 

Online eBook reader prices and terms change frequently; check company website for the latest.

 

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