Franklin eBookman EBM-911

The Good Large, legible screen; backlit display; ample selection of applications.

The Bad Sound playback is a little subpar; no Web access.

The Bottom Line Though lacking in features, the EBM-911 is great as a basic handheld with e-book- and audiobook-reading abilities.

Editors' Rating
6.0 Overall

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Review

Franklin eBookman EBM-911

Franklin's eBookman is, true to its name, first and foremost an e-book reader--but the PDA functionality comes in a close second. It may not have the full functionality of a Palm OS- or Pocket PC-based handheld, but it easily outpaces other e-book readers as a versatile entertainment device and personal information manager. Franklin's eBookman is, true to its name, first and foremost an e-book reader--but the PDA functionality comes in a close second. It may not have the full functionality of a Palm OS- or Pocket PC-based handheld, but it easily outpaces other e-book readers as a versatile entertainment device and personal information manager.

Entertaining and PDA-like
At first glance, it's easy to mistake the eBookman for a Palm OS PDA that sports an ample backlit 200-by-240-pixel LCD screen. While its proprietary OS is not very sophisticated, the eBookman lets you synchronize with Outlook via Intellisync synchronization software. And while the eBookman has all the contact management synchronization functions you'd expect from your Palm PDA, all of this takes a backseat to the eBookman's true calling: entertainment.

The large, accommodating screen makes the eBookman an ideal book reader, and if you're afraid of squinting, it's also simple to change font sizes. Our test unit, the $199 EBM-911 with 16MB of internal RAM, provided enough elbowroom for novels, news, and the like. And if you don't need that much space, the $129 EBM-900 offers 8MB of storage.

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Specs / Prices

  • Brand Franklin Electronic Publishers
  • Weight 6.49 oz
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