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Volume 18, Issue 4 — April 2001
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Franklin Electronic Publishers Ships eBookMan

Franklin Electronic Publishers, Inc., a provider of hand-held e-books, has announced shipment of its eBookMan multimedia device. eBookMan combines the functions of an e-book reader, music player, and personal digital assistant in a single hand-held device. The three eBookMan models—EBM-900 (8 MB), EBM-901 (8 MB with backlit display), and EBM-911 (16 MB with backlit display)—feature large 240x200 pixel LCDs that reportedly display 87-percent more information than most popular handhelds. Users can adjust the font size or switch the display to landscape mode for easy reading. 

All three models include a Franklin eBook Reader, an audiobook player, an MP3-compatible music player, an address book, a date book, a to-do book, and a memo book, all using natural-handwriting recognition. Available for $129.95, $179.95, and $229.95 respectively, each eBookMan model is equipped with a USB port for connection to a PC (an optional serial connection is also available) and features optional memory expansion through industry-standard multimedia cards. 

Upgrading the unit’s operating system to accommodate new features and improvements is done entirely through an Internet download. A built-in voice recorder and an eBookMan version of the popular Microsoft Reader software are in the works. eBookMan synchronizes with Microsoft Outlook using Intellisync software from PUMATECH. Users of popular desktop tools, such as Lotus Organizer 5.0 and ACT! 2000, will be able to download optional Intellisync connectors from the Franklin Web site.

Source: Franklin Electronic Publishers, Inc., Burlington, NJ, 800/266-5626;

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