The ECTACO jetBook claims that it was the first eBook reader that really put the device on the map for most people. With many different features that make e-reading a fairly painless experience, the ECTACO jetBook could be a good addition to your home library.
Unlike every other eBook reader we reviewed the jetBook sports an LCD screen. We’ve heard a lot about how the E-ink technology helps reduce eye-strain, but JetBook puts up a pretty good argument saying that their screen actually is easier to read because it doesn’t go black with every page turn. That means you can read it longer. You can also switch the screen between portrait and landscape modes.
Although this is one of the lowest-priced eBook readers we’ve reviewed, it supports many file types, including: TXT, PDF, PRC, HTML, EPUB and MOBI. That really allows you the ability to purchase a lot of ebooks from different sites. Unfortunately, to keep this ereader powered, you have to use four AA batteries. The only convenience of this is that when the jetBook runs out of power you can replace the batteries instead of looking for somewhere to plug in.
On the jetBook product information site you can find information with very general FAQs with no direct link to a support page for help with the product. The site does link to the ECTACO site where you can email them your problem(s) and wait to hear back from them.
A unique feature on the jetBook is the support for eBook contents in languages such as English, Spanish, Polish and Russian. Some European language dictionaries are also available to add to the cultural experience of this eReader.
To make eReading easier, the jetBook provides bookmarks and the ability for auto page turns. There is the option to change the font type and size to fit your need and make your reading experience more enjoyable. The option to view the screen in both portrait and landscape modes is also available for readers. One of the best features is an SD card slot to expand memory and allow for more books to be placed on this reading device.
While the jetBook does offer some cool features that we would like to see incorporated in other devices, it is missing some of the features that rank others above it. A lack of a dedicated content service is a big downside and the fact that it uses four AA batteries for power. If you're looking for a simple ebook reader without any bells and whistles to distract you, then you'll love the Extaco jetBook Lite.
The ability to support multiple languages enhances this eReader.
The jetBook supports few files making it almost useless as an eReader.
This eReader isn't very effective with the lack of files and features.