The Woxter Scriba 150 is a European export model of the Hanvon Handybook N516, an expensive but basic ebook reader, which works fine for reading text, but lacks many capabilities of other eReaders. For instance, there is no note-taking, highlighting, underlining, dictionary, or search functions. This device also does not support some of the main ebook file formats such as mobi, epub, eReader, or any of the DRM formats. However, oddly, it does have an elementary text to speech function, something generally only higher end eReaders had in 2009.
The Scriba 150 has a power button, volume up and down, page up, page down, and 10 numbered menu keys along the left side. The reader works with menus in English, simplified Chinese, and traditional Chinese.
Onboard memory is limited at 512 MB, but the 150 can accept SD and SDHC cards to expand memory. The unit does have a basic mp3 player and headphone jack, but no speakers. We did notice from the specs that the Scriba's operating temperature only runs from 0F to 90F, whereas most eReaders function up to around 95-110F. This is probably not a a major concern, but something to keep in mind if you were using this outside in a hot environment.
The Scriba 150 is supported by version 0.2 of Openinkpot, open source firmware, which has gradually improved over time--for instance recent versions have added PDF functionality.
Woxter is a Chinese company which exports the Scriba 150. The unit is the European export version of the N516 produced by Hanvon (or Hanwang Technology Company as it is known in China). This model debuted in July 2009--the hardware for this eReader is also used for the Azbooka WISEreader 516.
Connecting: Unfortunately, the Scriba 150 has no wireless connectivity capabilities, despite being a rather new eReader. You need to connect to your computer via a USB 2.0 cord to transfer ebooks and other files to the eReader.
It takes 2 hours to charge via AC wall socket, or 4 hours via USB.
Accessories: The unit ships with a protective case, USB cord, and a AC power adapter. We're unaware of accessories for the Hanvon N516 ebook reader.
Price: The Scriba 150 retails for €229, aimed at the European market .