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Bookeen Cybook Odyssey review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £125
inc VAT

Despite some unusual features, this eReader is too expensive to recommend over its very competent rivals


There’s no dedicated software for the reader, but it’s compatible with Adobe’s Digital Editions. You’ll need to either register the reader with an existing Digital Editions account or create a new one to use books that rely on this DRM system. Your Adobe authorisation is set up automatically when you create a Bookeen account either on Bookeen’s website or by connecting the reader to the internet over Wi-Fi and logging into the Bookeen store. You can also transfer non-DRM files to the eBook reader using your computer’s file manager or a third-party eBook management tool such as Calibre. The reader can also handle EPUB, PDF, HTML, FB2 and TXT document formats, plus JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP, ICO, TIF and PSD image formats. It’s worth noting that the reader can’t reflow PDF files as you zoom into them, so you may find yourself scrolling around the page if you need to zoom in to read a PDF comfortably. This situation can be improved slightly by turning the Odyssey to read in landscape mode.

Unlike most eBook readers, the Odyssey has an accelerometer which lets it rotate the page depending on whether you’re holding it in portrait or landscape mode. Unfortunately, the reader sometimes rotated its display at random during our tests, rather than in response to how we were holding it. On one occasion the page turning function also got stuck, causing the reader to turn page after page without any interaction from us. Both these issues occurred in slightly damp conditions, so they may have been caused by moisture interfering with the touchscreen on a damp train platform.

Bookeen Cybook Odyssey

The onscreen keyboard is a good size, making it easy to enter Wi-Fi passwords and search terms, but the default font size is too large for the screen. It’s easy to avoid a lot of unnecessary page turning simply by adjusting the font size in the reader’s settings menu, though. You can even change the font family, which is helpful for those who find it easier to read serif fonts. Like most eBook readers, you can add and edit highlights, bookmarks and notes. You can also jump between pages and pull up your eBook’s contents in a separate menu, instead of having to go back to the main contents page.

At around £130, the Odyssey is surprisingly expensive for a touchscreen eBook reader. It costs more than both the outstanding Sony Reader PRS-T1 and now budget £80 Kobo eReader Touch. Bookeen has incorporated some unique features, most notably the capacitive touchscreen and the accelerometer. However, during our testing the capacitive touchscreen didn’t make a great difference and had some possible drawbacks. If you’re looking for an EPUB reader, which lets you shop around for books, we prefer Sony’s Reader.

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Viewable size6.0in
Native resolution600×800
Touchscreen y/nyes
Memory card supportmicroSD
Battery and charge optionsLi-ion, USB
eReader Battery life25,000
Wireless networking support802.11n
PortsUSB, 3.5mm headphone

Format Support

eReader TXT supportyes
eReader HTML supportyes
eReader RTF supportno
eReader PDF supportyes
eReader ePub supportyes
eReader MOBI supportno
eReader Amazon AZW supportno
eReader Microsoft Word supportno
Audio MP3 playbackYes
Audio WMA playbackNo
Audio WMA-DRM playbackNo
Audio AAC playbackNo
Audio Protected AAC playbackNo
Audio OGG playbackNo
Audio WAV playbackNo
Audio Audible playbackNo
Image BMP supportYes
Image JPEG supportYes
Image TIFF supportYes

Buying Information

Warrantyone year RTB

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