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Pocketbook Viva e-reader : too expensive ? (available in 2024)

Author: Nicolas แšš

Pocketbook Viva eReader : too expensive ?

Pocketbook continues to release innovative models and the announcement of the Pocketbook Viva e-reader will delight fans of high-end reading material and those who have been waiting for a new generation color e-reader.

Presentation of the Pocketbook Viva e-reader

The Pocketbook Viva is a high-end 8-inch color e-reader announced for the end of 2023.

It is also one of the first readers that will use a new generation color screen based on E Ink Gallery 3 technology with a resolution of 1440 ร— 1920 pixels for both black and white and color.

This is a brand new way of displaying colors that should allow, finally, to have more vivid colors than on the old screens of the "Kaleido" type used, for example, in the old Pocketbook Color reader.

Of course, we'll have to wait for the release of this Pocketbook Viva to find out for sure...

Pocketbook also seems to want to offer a very high-end color reader, since the announced price is $599!

This price will certainly cool some people down, but it shows the will of the brand to offer high quality material as far as the color reader is concerned.

Pocketbook Viva

pocketbook viva ereader

8" e-reader - 1440 x 1920 pixels e ink screen - Ebook formats supported: EPUB, PDF, FB2, FB2.ZIP, TXT, DJVU, HTM, HTML, DOC, DOCX, RTF, CHM, TCR, PRC (MOBI), JPEG, BMP, PNG, TIFF

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pocketbook viva e-reader

This is especially true since it is not a digital notebook like the Kindle Scribe or the Kobo Elipsa...

The Pocketbook Viva offers a new 8-inch color screen, 64 GB of storage memory, an IPX8 certification to make the reader waterproof and the possibility to read audio books (see specifications below) and a pretty good design with physical buttons.

I appreciate this new design which tends to become more and more common with each Pocketbook release, as with the Pocketbook Era, another high-end e-reader.

Specifications of the Pocketbook Viva

Pocketbook Viva

Here are the technical specifications of the Pocketbook Viva :

  • Quad core processor
  • 8 Inch Color display Gallery 3
  • Resolution : high resolution of 1440 ร— 1920 and 300 PPI for both color and black-and-white
  • IPX8 waterproff specification
  • Built-in speaker and Text-to-Speech
  • Bluetooth version 5.2
  • 64 GB of built-in memory - for a large library, which is always at hand;
  • A record number of formats without conversion โ€“ PocketBook Viva supports 23 formats (19 book and 4 graphic formats), including formats of comics;
  • Support for 6 audiobook formats - listen to audio files in M4A, M4B, OGG, OGG.ZIP, MP3, MP3.ZIP formats;
  • Dual band Wi-Fi and PocketBook Cloud services - for synchronization with other devices and convenient management of the library;
  • The vast number of dictionaries โ€“ in addition to 11 pre-installed language combinations, users have 42 combinations available for free download.

Price and release date

Pocketbook Viva

pocketbook viva ereader

8" e-reader - 1440 x 1920 pixels e ink screen - Ebook formats supported: EPUB, PDF, FB2, FB2.ZIP, TXT, DJVU, HTM, HTML, DOC, DOCX, RTF, CHM, TCR, PRC (MOBI), JPEG, BMP, PNG, TIFF

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As you may know, the Pocketbook brand is distributed all over the world (except in France where it is Vivlio that sells Pocketbook e-readers).

Pocketbook now announces an availability in many countries in the start of 2024. On the Pocketbook Store website the e-reader is on "Pre-Order" that will end in february 2024.

It should be noted that the price is high since the recommended retail price is $599 - which seems quite high for a e-reader, even if it is the best color e-reader available!

eReader : Pocketbook Viva
Pocketbook Viva
Imagepocketbook viva ereader
Screen size8"
Resolution1440 x 1920 pixels
ColorYes
BacklightYes
WaterproofYes (IPX8)
Storage64 GB
Pen / StylusNo
SD cardNo
Ebook formatsEPUB, PDF, FB2, FB2.ZIP, TXT, DJVU, HTM, HTML, DOC, DOCX, RTF, CHM, TCR, PRC (MOBI), JPEG, BMP, PNG, TIFF
Blue light filterYes
OtherBluetooth for Text-to-speech and audio books (M4A, M4B, OGG, OGG.ZIP, MP3, MP3.ZIP)
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Link (where to buy?)Amazon.com

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