Heres a run-down of some of the more interesting features of the device.
* Text-to-speech. A synthetic voice will read in English, Mandarin or Cantonese. The voice can be set to male or female. Its not the best TTS Ive encountered, but its adequate.
* Memo recorder. As well as a QWERTY keyboard for you to write your own novel on, theres a built in microphone so you can record any thoughts you might have.
* Format support. The device will render TXT, HTXT(?), HTML, PDF, ePub and DOC. It admits that complex DOC and PDF may not render correctly. It has Adobe Digital Editions support should you wish to read a DRMd eBook.
* SDHC. The device comes with a 4GB microSD card and will take up to 32GB. Thats probably more books than you could read in a lifetime but leaves plenty of room for
* Music playback. MP3, WAV and WMA. It doesnt say what bitrates etc it supports. No support for OGG, which is a disappointment. The two speakers on the back are loud enough but arent going to be replacing your HiFi. The headphone socket is a standard 3.5mm jack.
# Picture support for JPG, TIFF, PNG, GIF and BMP. Obviously its only a black and white screen with 8 levels of grey. You can set one of your images to be the start-up screen.
# Security. You can set a password if youre worried about it being lost or stolen.
# The screen is 800*600 at 170dpi. The refresh rate seems a mite quicker than the more expensive screens but only a mite.
# The device shows as a mass-storage device when plugged in to a computer so theres no software to install on your Mac or PC. I did have some troubles with Linux see the bugs section.
# Theres a lock button at the top. It also has the usual array of eReader functions bookmarks, text search, remembering your last position, font size changing. It comes with two built in fonts Arial and Times.
# Lots of settings to play around with.