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10.3-inch ereader Boyue Likebook Mimas provides snappy performance for writing and reading


Ereader devices have found a new life and new customers after manufacturers started designing large-screen products with handwriting capability. 8, 10 and 13-inch ereaders can be used for taking notes, annotating documents, reading comics, PDF documents and ebooks. The Boyue Likebook Mimas is a 10.3-inch ereader that comes with a Wacom stylus, Android software and speedy performance.
Boyue Likebook Mimas e-reader/writing tablet
The Likebook Mimas is priced competitively against other 10-inch ereader/notetaking devices, such Remarkable and Onyx Boox. The price for the Mimas was 469 euros at an EU retailer (see all stores at the end of the article).

Android 6.0.1 software is powering the Likebook Mimas, which means it is possible to use Android applications downloaded from the Google Play Store on the device. It is possible to download, for instance, Kindle ebook reading app and turn the Mimas into a large Kindle ereader.

Most people, however, are likely to use a product like the Mimas for note taking, handwriting, sketching, and reading ebooks, comics, and PDF documents.

A video review of the Mimas shows its reading and handwriting features (in French, but it is easy to follow what is happening):

Tablette-Tactile.net has posted a thorough review of the Likebook Mimas, and the conclusion is favorable for the product. The reviewer liked the build quality of the device, user interface, stylus responsiveness, front light, physical buttons, ports, and good overall performance. The reviewer didn’t like language implementation (poor translation), EPUB ebooks can’t be annotated with the stylus, and there is no gyroscope.

Key features and specifications of the Boyue Likebook Mimas

– 10.3-inch Eink HD Mobius screen.
– Display resolution 1872 x 1404 pixels (227ppi).
– Front light.
– Touchscreen that can be used with fingers and with the included Wacom stylus.
– Android 6.0.1 operating system software, including Google Play Store for downloading apps.
– Processor RK3365 8-Core 1.5GHz.
– 16GB internal storage space.
– microSD memory card slot.
– WiFi (802.11b/g/n).
– Bluetooth 4.1.
– USB-C port.
– Loudspeakers.
– Microphone.
– 3.5 audio jack.
– 4700mAh Polymer Li-on battery.
– Dimensions 191 x 262 x 8 mm
– Weight 430 gr.

Boyue Likebook ereaders are available, for instance, at AliExpress, Amazon.com and Ereader.Store (a retailer in EU).

Boyue Likebook Muses

The Ebook-Reader.com reports that Boyue has made available a compact version of the product as well: Likebook Muses. The Muses comes with 7.8-inch screen, and essentially with the same features as the Mimas. The price for the Muses at Amazon.com was USD 329.

Ebook news digest: online tools for writers, recording your trip for a write-up, libraries documented


News on ebooks, travel writing and e-readers

Morella near Valencia in Spain, Europe
Top 10 Online Tools for Writers

Daily Writing Tips has compiled a list of valuable writing and document management tools for writers. A tool that I couldn’t find in the list would be Simplenote, an excellent online service for writing down notes, drafts and ideas.

Britons spend average of 24 hours a week online, Ofcom says

The development of digital culture seems to be the same in all countries. In Britain, The Guardian reports that time spent talking on the phone fell while time spent online on social media, messaging apps and browsing online content continued to increase. An average Brit checks his or her mobile phone every 12 minutes. Plenty of this action is really reading or viewing photos.

Writing Tips for Travel Blogging and Photography

Photographer and writer Raymond Larose shares excellent advice on taking notes on the road. In fact, I have started to write down a detailed route for each day of a journey so I can later track all the visited places and events. Larose likes to travel light and uses his mobile phone and notepad to take notes.

Travel guide to Europe’s trending destination Portugal

Algarve, located on Portugal’s sunny south coast, has been a popular beach destination for Europeans for years. Now that Portugal’s tourist destinations have been awarded multiple travel prizes, travelers across the world are discovering the region as well.

Sorry, Amazon: These gorgeous libraries are here to stay

Fast Company had a look at the new book The World’s Most Beautiful Libraries by Italian photographer Massimo Listri, and was convinced that Amazon is not going to make libraries obsolete. The author spent three decades documenting amazing libraries in Europe and in other parts of the world. View the photo gallery behind the link for some spectacular images from the book.

10.3-inch Boyue Likebook Note Now Available for $419

The e-reader brand Boyue may not be familiar to an average ebook reader, but the Chinese vendor has several models available. The latest one is the Likebook Note with a large 10.3 inch E ink screen. Large-screen e-readers are handy if you want to read PDF documents in addition to ebooks.

The new class of ereaders: products with 8-inch screens


For many years, people who read ebooks on ereader devices have settled on products that have six-inch screens. Nothing wrong with a 6-inch display, but there are people who would like to read on a larger screen. Now, the time has come for more choice. Not only has Sony introduced a huge 13-inch ereader, but a number of 8-inch ereaders are available from renowned brands and less known manufacturers.
Cybook Ocean 8-inch ereader

Cybook Ocean.

There are, at least, four products available with an 8-inch E ink display at the moment. In fact, some of the products come with 7.8 inch screen and others with 8-inch, but we will refer to all of them as 8-inch ereaders.

Boyue Likebook Plus 172 Euros.
Cybook Ocean 189 Euros.
Icarus Illumina XL HD 199 Euros.
Kobo Aura One 229 Euros.

If you need help in deciding which device size is the right one for you (from 6 to 13 inches), read the article that also has a video where different ereader sizes are compared.

Here are the most important features for each four ereaders.

Key features and specifications of the Cybook Ocean ereader

8-inch Eink display, touch sensitive.
Display resolution 1024×768 px (160 PPI), 16 levels of grey.
Front light for reading in dark.
CPU: Cortex A8 TI OMAP3611 (800 MHz)
RAM : 128 MB
Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n)
4GB internal storage for ebooks.
MicroSD memory card slot for additional storage space.
MicroUSB 2 port.
Dedicated keys for turning the page.
25 user interface languages.
Web browser.
Ebook formats: ePub, PDF Adobe DRM, HTML, Txt, FB2, DJVU
Li-Polymer battery 2100 mAh.
Dimensions: 196 mm x 150 mm x 7 mm
Weight: 300 gr with the battery.

Kobo Aura One key specifications

kobo aura one ereader

– 7.8-inch E Ink touchscreen, 1872 x 1404 resolution, 300 dpi
– Front light for reading in places with inadequate light. ComfortLight PRO technology that reduces blue light exposure.
– 8 GB on-board memory. Storage for up to 6,000 ebooks.
– 11 fonts and over 50 font styles. Font weight and sharpness settings.
– 14 file formats supported: EPUB, EPUB3, PDF, MOBI, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, TIFF, TXT, HTML, RTF, CBZ, CBR.
– Access to public libraries that use Overdrive ebook library system.
– Wi Fi 802.11 b/g/n.
– Micro USB port.
– Battery life up to 1 month.
– Built-in device languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Italian, Brazilian, Portuguese, Japanese, Turkish.
– Weight 230 gr.
– Dimensions 195 x 138.5 x 6.9 mm.

Highlights of the Icarus Illumina XL HD ereader

Icarus Illumina 8 inch ereader.

7.8-inch E ink screen.
300 DPI resolution.
Touch screen .
Powered by Android software. Google Play.
Front light.

Key features of the Boyue Likebook Plus

Boyue Likebook 7.8 inch ereader

7.8-inch display in 1448*1072 resolution. Touch screen.
Ebook formats: Html, Epub, Pdf, Mobi, Html, TXT, Djvu, Rtf, Fb2
Android operating system.
Dimensions: 198*144*8.3 mm.
Micro USB port.
3.5 mm headphone jack.
16GB storage space.
2800mAh battery.
Weight 290gr.