French Language and Educational Content Available for eBookMan

Franklin Electronic Publishers Teams With Vivendi Universal Publishing to Make French Language and Educational Content Available for multi-lingual eBookMan(R)
Franklin Electronic Publishers, Inc. a leading provider of handheld eBooks, has announced a partnership with Vivendi Universal Publishing (VUPublishing), to expand language and educational electronic content around the globe. Franklin will make available some of the most trusted and well-known French educational reference works including eight Larousse and Le Robert branded monolingual and bilingual dictionaries as well as a thesaurus. Each will be available as an Internet download or as a multimedia memory card for eBookMan users.

The multi-lingual French editions of eBookMan cover the complete user experience and functionality of the standard eBookMan including operating system, desktop manager, installation process and desktop synchronization to multi-lingual versions of Microsoft Outlook. eBookMan's handwriting recognition feature has also been updated to understand and transcribe accented characters.

"Franklin's ability to offer reference content for French speaking students from Larousse, one of the largest and most trusted publishers in France, is an important milestone in our effort to expand and provide eBookMan users with the most innovative solutions for downloading and using educational content," said Toni Tracy, Senior Vice President, Publisher Relations for Franklin Electronic Publishers. "This partnership with Vivendi Universal Publishing demonstrates Franklin's vision to supply multi-lingual, educational and multifunctional electronic books to global markets."

"The company's strategy, through its digitalization policy, is to provide its content to consumers on any platform," said Philippe Merlet, Senior Vice-President Reference business unit of Vivendi Universal Publishing. "This partnership with Franklin Electronic Publishers illustrates perfectly this strategy, offering to Franklin eBookMan users the rich Larousse and Le Robert content."

Unlike some other handheld electronic devices, eBookMan's operating system can easily accommodate new features, such as language support, through software downloads directly to the unit. The international French edition is available in three eBookMan models: EBM-900 (8MB), EBM-901 (8MB with backlit display) and EBM-911 (16MB with backlit display). With an easy-to-read display that features 87% more information than today's most popular handhelds, eBookMan is equipped with a USB port for connection to a PC (optional serial connection also available) and offers optional memory expansion through an industry standard MultiMediaCard (MMC).