Unboxed: BeBook

While only 13% of you said you wanted an eBook reader (maybe we caught you on a bad day), that hasn't stopped more of the things hitting the digital b

While only 13% of you said you wanted an eBook reader (maybe we caught you on a bad day), that hasn't stopped more of the things hitting the digital bookshelf. Yesterday iRex announced new 10in additions to its iLiad range, and now another contender has arrived at Stuff Towers: the BeBook.

It may not be quite as attractive as Sony's camel-skinned Reader, but the BeBook is promising to be much more flexible. Rather than going the DRM route it's open and supports most of the formats out there: doc, txt, pdf, jpg, html, rtf and now mobipocket books, which can be downloaded from sites like WHSmith.

The BeBook has the same 6in screen as Sony's Reader, and about four times more internal storage at 512MB, which should be good for about 1,000 books. Battery life is also claimed to give you about 7,000 page turns and it's the only eBook Reader that lets you change the font of the text (handy if you're a bit OCD about Comic Sans).

The only downsides appear to be that it still suffers from the 'flash' you get when turning a page, and the price: at £230, it's £30 dearer than Sony's offering, though still cheaper than the iRex. We'll have a full review for you soon, but in the meantime check out our 7 things you need to know about eBooks.