Cybook Opus now available: Another example of eBabel limitations
July 27, 2009 | 6:07 pm
By Paul Biba
Thanks to Ebouquin for letting me know that the Cybook Opus is now available for purchase. According to Cybook’s site the Opus, which has a 5″ screen, costs $280. It has 1GB of internal memory for book storage.
Unfortunately, it can only read “HTML, Txt, PDF and secured and non-secured Adobe EPUB/PDF” (talk about confusing language—does someone actually mean Adobe DRMed ePub and nonDRMed ePub and PDF?). The last time I tried this kludgy Adobe software, I found it to be consumer unfriendly, to say the least. You have to be a geek to use it. Further, the specs page says:
Note: Mobipocket support can be available via firmware upgrade. Adobe and Mobipocket DRMs can not be supported at the same time. Very disappointing!
Well, I can’t get very excited over this. Originally I thought it was a great idea when I saw the early example in New York. However, with these format limitations I wouldn’t want to bother with it. eBabel and DRM are making life harder and harder for ebooks users, not to mention manufacturers, which must choose what format(s) to support.