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Bookeen Cybook Odyssey review

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

Bookeen Cybook Odyssey
Carry a personal library with you with the Bookeen Cybook Odyssey

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.

Matt Hanson

Senior Computing editor

Matt (Twitter) is TechRadar's Senior Computing editor. Having written for a number of magazines and websites, there's no aspect of technology that Matt isn't passionate about, especially computing and PC gaming. If you're encountering a problem or need some advice with your PC or Mac, drop him a line on Twitter.