Bookeen Cybook Odyssey review

Can this touch-ready eBook give the Kindle a run for its money?

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Our Verdict

Overall it's a good device, though not quite as slick as the Kindle. It's also quite expensive.


  • Touch screen
  • Good E-Ink display
  • Wi-Fi connection
  • MicroSD


  • Not as slick as Amazon's eBook
  • Expensive

With the Kindle, Amazon seems to have a pretty tight hold on ebook readers, having created an attractive and desirable - yet also affordable - product in a market that until then hadn't really been catching people's attention.

This has led to the rest of the market to up its game - no bad thing when this results in products like the Bookeen Cybook Odyssey.

At first glance it looks like a rather standard ebook reader, but dig a little further and you'll find some good features.

The vibrant and clear black and white e-ink display is also touch sensitive, and though it's not as instantly as responsive as the latest tablet PCs, it does a good job and feels quite natural when browsing an ebook.

It also works well with the onscreen keyboard for entering text.

A built-in wireless adapter is another good addition.

It lets you connect to Bookeen's online bookshop, though it's not quite as large as Amazon and the majority of books are in French.

A web browser is also included and websites, though black and white, appear fine - though more complicated ones don't work well.

A microSD expansion port lets you increase the already rather generous 2GB capacity.

Overall it's a good device, though not quite as slick as the Kindle, and quite expensive.

Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital Text Reader
Flash Memory Capacity2 GB
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD High Capacity (microSDHC), microSD Card
Colour SupportGrayscale (16-bit)
Brand NameBookeen
Product LineCybook Odyssey
Screen Size15.2 cm (6")
Display Resolution600 x 800
Processor ManufacturerTexas Instruments
Wireless LANYes
Display Screen TypeE Ink
Text FormatsePub, PDF, TXT, FB2, HTML
Number of Books100
Audio Line OutYes
Processor ModelOMAP3611
Operating SystemLinux 2.6
Audio FormatsMP3
FeaturesDictionary, Accelerometer, Bookmark
Product NameCybook Odyssey Digital Text Reader
Processor Speed800 MHz
Processor TypeCortex A8
Manufacturer Part NumberCYBOY10-BK
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

With the High Speed Ink System, Bookeen invents the fast e-ink.

Not only does Bookeen offer exclusive technology. But also a brand new smooth and simple reading experience. Don't waste you time - Enjoy your books, as fast as you can.

Package Contents
  • Cybook Odyssey Digital Text Reader
  • USB Cable
Standard Memory128 MB
Host InterfaceMicro USB
Weight (Approximate)195 g