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The SoftBook, designed by [[IDEO]] and [[Lunar Design]],<ref>{{Citation | last=Hamilton | first=Joan | title=Downloaded Any Good Books Lately? | magazine=BusinessWeek | year=1999 | url=http://www.businessweek.com/1999/99_23/b3632029.htm}}</ref> featured a brown [[leather]] cover which flipped back to give the device a more book-like feel, and was notable for its large 6 × 8&nbsp;inch (15.2 × 20.3&nbsp;cm) [[touchscreen]] display which allowed you to navigate the [[HTML]]-based pages as well as highlight and draw simple notes on the pages. It could store approximately 1,500 pages (expandable up to 100,000), and claimed that the [[rechargeable battery]] allowed up to 5 hours of reading time.
 
The SoftBook, designed by [[IDEO]] and [[Lunar Design]],<ref>{{Citation | last=Hamilton | first=Joan | title=Downloaded Any Good Books Lately? | magazine=BusinessWeek | year=1999 | url=http://www.businessweek.com/1999/99_23/b3632029.htm}}</ref> featured a brown [[leather]] cover which flipped back to give the device a more book-like feel, and was notable for its large 6 × 8&nbsp;inch (15.2 × 20.3&nbsp;cm) [[touchscreen]] display which allowed you to navigate the [[HTML]]-based pages as well as highlight and draw simple notes on the pages. It could store approximately 1,500 pages (expandable up to 100,000), and claimed that the [[rechargeable battery]] allowed up to 5 hours of reading time.
   
Use of the SoftBook did not require a [[desktop computer]] or an [[Internet service provider]]; it had an [[RJ11]] telephone jack and internal 33.6 kbit/s [[modem]] to connect with the "SoftBookstore" to [[download]] books. Publishers included [[HarperCollins]], [[McGraw-Hill]], [[Simon & Schuster]], [[Warner Books]], and others, and subscriptions to periodicals such as [[Newsweek]], [[Time (magazine)|Time]], and [[The Wall Street Journal]] were available (which could be downloaded automatically overnight if users kept the device plugged in to a phone jack). Users could upload their own documents via SoftBook's Internet [[website]] to download onto their SoftBook.<ref>{{Citation | last=Chvatik | first=Daniel | title=Review: SoftBook Reader | magazine=APTM | year=2000 | url=http://www.atpm.com/6.05/softbookreader.shtml}}</ref>
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Use of the SoftBook did not require a [[desktop computer]] or an [[Internet service provider]]; it had an [[RJ11]] telephone jack and internal 33.6 kbit/s [[modem]] to connect with the "SoftBookstore" to [[download]] books. Publishers included [[HarperCollins]], [[McGraw-Hill]], [[Simon & Schuster]], [[Warner Books]], and others, and subscriptions to periodicals such as [[Newsweek]], [[Time (magazine)|Time]], and [[The Wall Street Journal]] were available (which could be downloaded automatically overnight if users kept the device plugged into a phone jack). Users could upload their own documents via SoftBook's Internet [[website]] to download onto their SoftBook.<ref>{{Citation | last=Chvatik | first=Daniel | title=Review: SoftBook Reader | magazine=APTM | year=2000 | url=http://www.atpm.com/6.05/softbookreader.shtml}}</ref>
   
 
The SoftBook was the first device to comply with the [[Open eBook]] specification, which was "based primarily on technology developed by SoftBook Press."<ref>{{Citation | last=Judge | first=Paul | title=E-Books: A Library On Your Lap | magazine=BusinessWeek | date=1998-11-16 | url=http://www.businessweek.com/1998/46/b3604010.htm | archiveurl=http://web.archive.org/web/20000208053039/http://www.businessweek.com/1998/46/b3604010.htm | archivedate=2000-02-08}}</ref>
 
The SoftBook was the first device to comply with the [[Open eBook]] specification, which was "based primarily on technology developed by SoftBook Press."<ref>{{Citation | last=Judge | first=Paul | title=E-Books: A Library On Your Lap | magazine=BusinessWeek | date=1998-11-16 | url=http://www.businessweek.com/1998/46/b3604010.htm | archiveurl=http://web.archive.org/web/20000208053039/http://www.businessweek.com/1998/46/b3604010.htm | archivedate=2000-02-08}}</ref>

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SoftBook, "The Intelligent Reading System," was one of the first dedicated electronic book (eBook) readers. It was released in 1998 by SoftBook Press, Inc. of Menlo Park, California.

Overview

The SoftBook, designed by IDEO and Lunar Design,[1] featured a brown leather cover which flipped back to give the device a more book-like feel, and was notable for its large 6 × 8 inch (15.2 × 20.3 cm) touchscreen display which allowed you to navigate the HTML-based pages as well as highlight and draw simple notes on the pages. It could store approximately 1,500 pages (expandable up to 100,000), and claimed that the rechargeable battery allowed up to 5 hours of reading time.

Use of the SoftBook did not require a desktop computer or an Internet service provider; it had an RJ11 telephone jack and internal 33.6 kbit/s modem to connect with the "SoftBookstore" to download books. Publishers included HarperCollins, McGraw-Hill, Simon & Schuster, Warner Books, and others, and subscriptions to periodicals such as Newsweek, Time, and The Wall Street Journal were available (which could be downloaded automatically overnight if users kept the device plugged into a phone jack). Users could upload their own documents via SoftBook's Internet website to download onto their SoftBook.[2]

The SoftBook was the first device to comply with the Open eBook specification, which was "based primarily on technology developed by SoftBook Press."[3]

Specifications

Technical specifications printed on the back of the product box:

  • Weight: 2.9 lbs (1.3 kg)
  • Display: 9.5 inch (24.1 cm) diagonal, greyscale, backlit, touch-sensitive LCD, built-in protective cover
  • Capacity: 2 MB (1,500 pages), expandable to 64 MB with Flash miniature card (50–100,000 pages)
  • Modem: Built-in 33.6 Kbps modem; download approximately 100 pages per minute
  • Power: Rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack. Up to 5 hours reading time (less than two-hour recharge). AC power adapter. Optional recharge cradle.
  • Reading tools: Sophisticated searching, bookmarking, hyperlinking, text markup, stylus for marking and highlighting.
  • System requirements: Analog telephone connection. AC power outlet for battery recharge.
  • Price: $599.95 USD (original MSRP), or $299.95 plus $19.95 per month for a 24 month "content package" contract (totalling $778.75)

SoftBook utilized the US 4597058  and US 4725977  patents.

SoftBook Press, Inc.

SoftBook Press logo

SoftBook Press, Inc. was founded by James Sachs and Tom Pomeroy in 1996,[4] and located at 1075 Curtis St., Menlo Park CA, 94025. Book conversion was managed by The Lowe-Martin Group of Ottawa ON.[5]

In 2000, SoftBook Press was acquired by Gemstar-TV Guide International, who also acquired its competitor, NuvoMedia (creator of the Rocket eBook), and merged them into the Gemstar eBook Group.[6]

References

  1. ^ Hamilton, Joan (1999), "Downloaded Any Good Books Lately?", BusinessWeek
  2. ^ Chvatik, Daniel (2000), "Review: SoftBook Reader", APTM
  3. ^ Judge, Paul (1998-11-16), "E-Books: A Library On Your Lap", BusinessWeek, archived from the original on 2000-02-08
  4. ^ "SoftBook's James Sachs: A New Page for a Gadget Guru", BusinessWeek, 1999-07-28
  5. ^ "LMGroup.com". Archived from the original on 2000-10-26.
  6. ^ "Gemstar buys two e-book makers", CNET, 2000-01-20

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