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Binatone Ebook readme classic - Instore only £35.99 @ Makro

£35.99 @ makro
Ok - so not the best ebook out there but if you can shop at makro or know someone who can, this would seem to be an unbeatable price. Still selling in Marks and Spencers for £139. Cant be bad for a ba…
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Ok - so not the best ebook out there but if you can shop at makro or know someone who can, this would seem to be an unbeatable price. Still selling in Marks and Spencers for £139. Cant be bad for a basic entry level ebook reader

This is in makro mail for 23/2/11 MM05 Non food

• E-ink technology which provides realistic page texture
• 1GB memory.
• Stores between 500 and 5000 books depending on their size.
• 6in screen with easy to use menu system.
• Battery life with up to 7,000 page turns on one charge.
• Protective case.
• MP3 music player with headphones.
• Supported formats TXT, EBX, EBM (TBC).
• Other formats include MP3/AAC/MID/AMR and JPG/BMP/GIF/TIF/PNG.
• UK adaptor and charger.
• Rotation key to make text read in either landscape or portrait formats.
• Built in speakers.
• Sleek aluminium outer skin.
• Slim and light.
• Weight 245g (excluding case).
• Colour: Black.
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#1
Is this including VAT or + VAT? Seems to be loads of eReader deals about tonight!
#2
Its £29.99 plus VAT hence the £35.99 price
#3
Good stuff - seems a lot of features there for the price and even better if it comes with a leather case as it seems to from most suppliers.

After trawling the interweb for info there seems to be a couple of Binatone 6" readers out there - one fully featured (as per the M&S specs) and one that only displays .txt files. Fingers crossed it's the better of the two!

Don't suppose there's any chance you could post the pic from the Makro Mail as proof ? If you can and it's the right reader then this deal should be flaming hot!! :)
#4
The picure below the link is the best I could do. If you go to
Makro Mail
and choose "soon" and then MM05 Non Food it is in there


Edited By: groomoid on Feb 19, 2011 23:04: Further info
2 Likes #5
direct link
makro mail 5 non food pdf
and check out page18 - 19
#6
I am pretty sure all the Binatone badged readers are from ebot digital in China originally - http://www.chinaebot.com/en/index.asp.

It's fair to say that it is a pretty basic reader (assuming it's the same as the M&S one) but if you prepared to put a little work into setting it up it is usable and the screen is decent. It really is no better overall than a lot of the other Shenzhen clone e-readers you could pick up from DealExtreme and the likes, ok to good value at £30, robbery at £130 ;).

None of the Binatone units I have seen ever seem to have the later firmware from ebot on them (and I am not sure if these units are upgradable, never had one long enough to start hacking around with it). That is a shame as the newer firmware is a lot better.
#7
Thanks Pete
#8
Looks like the fully featured one and although it doesn't list all the formats supported (prob. due to space restrictions) it mentions PDF so good enough for me!

Heat added and looks like I'll be heading to Makro first thing Weds morning! :D
#9
Does anyone know how this compares to the Elonex in the other deal?
#10
Looks like a great deal. No idea how usable they are, but for £36 I'm sure it'll do it's core function well enough. Specs are decent and do all the main things you'd want.

Edited By: RJK3 on Feb 20, 2011 18:48
#11
davesherman

After trawling the interweb for info there seems to be a couple of Binatone 6" readers out there - one fully featured (as per the M&S specs) and one that only displays .txt files. Fingers crossed it's the better of the two!
)

In the Makro Magazine it says it supports TXT, PDF, HTML, CHM so am pretty sure it would be the better model.
#12
How is this for PDF's?
#13
got mine today, great value, though i havnt tried it yet its still charging!
#14
linzielegs
davesherman
After trawling the interweb for info there seems to be a couple of Binatone 6" readers out there - one fully featured (as per the M&S specs) and one that only displays .txt files. Fingers crossed it's the better of the two!)
In the Makro Magazine it says it supports TXT, PDF, HTML, CHM so am pretty sure it would be the better model.

Called in for one this morning & was told that there was an issue with the manufacturer and they hadn't been put on sale yet. Also that the Makro Mail is incorrect - they only have a 1 GB memory and will only read TXT and HTML files.
#15
Tempted by this if it is indeed the spec you peeps seem to think it is!
#16
got mine. It's true. Doesn't support PDF or DOC. Anyone found something about hacking it?
#17
Hot price :)

maxmix
#18
Just got two from Exeter Makro and confirm the above only 1gb and only txt support. Still not bad for £35.99. Will see how good it is before i consider returning the item.

Edited By: groomoid on Feb 23, 2011 13:38
#19
Which model is it they are actually selling then? I called and they couldn't tell e much apart from it being different.
#20
If it only supports txt files, what use does this really have then?
#21
Its Binatone ReadMe 2281
they supply it with Calibre software which allows you to convert PDF or EPUB files to TXT format.
ofcourse forget about DRM protected files unless you hack them.
1 Like #22
My friend has a more expensive model and this only takes .txt files, and the converter software (Calibre) apparently loses many formatting items when converting other formats.

Also there is an issue with DRM during the conversion process.

I suggested he try to reject it and buy a Kindle.
1 Like #23
Got one myself this morning, as already stated it's 1GB internal 4GB MicroSD expandable.

It's a Generic Ebot EB-EB605 device, can't find any firmware info on the manufacturers site or OpenInkPot info. But it does say it's a Linux kernel on there. The pictures you'll see for the EB-EB605 show it using a more graphical interface than the one Binatone have implemented and the various sites say it can handle DRM and other formats, so maybe there is a firmware out there that give more features.

1 font in either small, medium or large print.

Calibre, once set up to convert Unicode to ASCII, seems to handle file conversions well.

For £36 I'm counting it as a good purchase to work out how much use I'd get out of a reader before wondering if I need a better one.

Edited By: Entilzha on Feb 23, 2011 14:52
#24
absolute waste of time, don't bother buying unless you want the free books from the net or are prepared to use the programs to hack the copyright protection on books.

In the book manual it lists companies where you can buy ebooks from and it lists amazon, Barnes and Noble, iuniverse etc but when I tried a couple of the free downloads from amazon and it didn't work I contacted Binatone and was told that he was very sorry but this particular model only lets you download books from the Gutenburg project which has lots of books that are out of copyright otherwise I would need to get a program that solves the copyright issues but he wasn't allowed to recommend any programs as they are illegal.
#25
Entilzha
Got one myself this morning, as already stated it's 1GB internal 4GB MicroSD expandable.


How does it look and perform? Page turns okay? Does it sort out book titles well in some kind of index?
#26
I want one of these and can borrow a store card but am going away for a week. Would anyone on here in the vicinity of Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire be willing to buy one for me so I could collect from them? It's a long shot but there you go.


Edit
Looking at some of the comments though I wonder if it's a wise purchase :)

Edited By: Loudmouth on Feb 23, 2011 19:08
#27
Should update specs in original post if not PDF
#28
stphnstevey
Should update specs in original post if not PDF
Noted - have removed the specs sheet
#29
Have now updated the correct specs for this model
#30
Popped into our local store and the one they are selling is an old crappy one which has really bad reviews. Mainly coz its almost impossible to get the books. I feel a letter of complaint coming on
#31
FFS went along this morning and, as others have said, it's the basic 'no frills' model which can't even handle PDF files (well... it can convert them but that won't be much use for my study books which had pictures, tables and graphs as well as text).

Think I'm gonna have to bite the bullet and buy one of the more expensive ones :(

P.S What makes this even more annoying is that not only is the description incorrect... they've printed the wrong bloody picture in the magazine too! Intentionally misleading? I reckon so...

Edited By: davesherman on Feb 23, 2011 22:38
#32
davesherman
P.S What makes this even more annoying is that not only is the description incorrect... they've printed the wrong bloody picture in the magazine too! Intentionally misleading? I reckon so...


Anyone know what the relevant laws are regarding trade descriptions? In Australia, it'd be bait and switch I believe - do they have the same thing here?
#33
RJK3
davesherman
P.S What makes this even more annoying is that not only is the description incorrect... they've printed the wrong bloody picture in the magazine too! Intentionally misleading? I reckon so...


Anyone know what the relevant laws are regarding trade descriptions? In Australia, it'd be bait and switch I believe - do they have the same thing here?


I contacted trading standards yesterday and they said the shop had to give a refund as it was not as described but that was all. If Makro refused a refund then they would pursue it but other wise nothing.

On the upside i have found a use for these machines! You can take them to CEX and either get £37 cash or you can get £50 store credit. With your £50 store credit you can then buy an ereader from them. They have a couple of Archos machines around the £50 mark line or if you can spend a little more then buy two of the Binatone readers, get £100 store credit and then get a sony 300 for £75 and have £25 left over to buy a computer game for the kids thus keeping them occupied while you figure out how to use the new ereader :)
#34
I purchased this and because it was a mistake in the Makro mail I got full refund and £20 voucher + apology. They could not give me the classic because they do not stock it. The one they are selling is a very basic early model and only I gig and only supports txt = rubbish

Edited By: Ramony on Feb 24, 2011 19:54
#35
Thats unusually good of em Ramony I just got a refund no voucher.
#36
Woohoo it pays to complain!! Got. The advertised version for the advertised price!!!

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