Franklin Introduces eBookman the Next Generation eBook

Better Screen Size, Lower Price Point, More Features
Franklin Electronic Publishers, one of the leading providers of handheld eBooks, has announced the launch of its new eBookman. The Company debuted the line in late June at PC EXPO 2000 in New York City.

eBookman's features exceed current eBook offerings, with optimal display size, a robust feature set, and price points which will make eBooks available to the mass market, according to the company. eBookman is also the debut of Franklin's ground-breaking "open but secure" architecture, protecting programs and media while allowing developers an affordable platform to create new applications. The result is that eBookman customers can access content from the Internet that publishers have previously been hesitant to make available in other open platforms.

Franklin will ship three eBookman models at $129.95, $179.95 and $229.95. All models will feature a large 240 x 200 pixel LCD that displays 87% more information than a typical handheld. Additionally, each model is designed to download electronic books, audio books, and MP3 music files, as well as to synchronize bundled PIM applications with Microsoft Outlook. "Out of the box" natural handwriting recognition is enhanced via a variety of new UI techniques. Franklin's proprietary ASIC design affords microprocessor speeds 2-3 times faster than that found in most popular handheld devices.

The $129.95 entry model includes 8 Mbytes of RAM while the $179.95 offering adds backlight, an enhanced LCD display, and a variety of value added bundled applications and content offerings. The $229.95 product features an impressive 16 Mbytes of RAM and additional content download offerings in addition to the enhanced backlit display.

Franklin is collaborating with Microsoft Corporation and other industry leading technology partners, including Audible, Inc. and Pumatech, Inc., to ensure that eBookman is the best-connected eBook device to the widest selection of content available. Franklin has already sold more than 22,000,000 electronic books and currently publishes more than 200 titles, including dictionaries and bilingual dictionaries; encyclopedias; Bibles; entertainment titles; education and tutorial publications; and medical reference works.