Rocket eBook

Rocket eBook

One of the first electronic books. Introduced in 1998 by NuvoMedia Inc., Palo Alto, CA, it weighed in at 22 ounces and held the equivalent of approximately 10 novels. Like a conventional book, the Rocket let you annotate in the margin, underline passages and set bookmarks. In 2000, NuvoMedia was acquired by Gemstar TV Guide International.


Rocket eBook
Specialized for continuous book reading, this eBook sported convenient scroll buttons on the side. (Image courtesy of Gemstar TV Guide International)
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Most libraries took a "second mouse gets the cheese" approach to e-books, letting those on the cutting edge bleed a little with failures like dedicated reading devices, such as Rocket eBook and SoftBook, which now gather dust as library oddities in the "history of the e-book" story.
I can download it and read it at my leisure without lumping around a great big book..." While some said that an e-book couldn't replace the aesthetics or convenience of a printed book, one respondent noted: "Curling up in bed with my Rocket eBook is delightful.
The present study used the Rocket eBook, produced by NuvoMedia, Inc.
In September 2000 the ebooknet.com website was conducting a competition in which two libraries would each win ten Rocket ebook readers.
Libraries primarily offer two types of service: online libraries, such as NetLibrary, and handheld e-book readers, like Rocket eBook or SoftBook.
Readers can find descriptions and sample chapters of all published titles for free, and they have the option of purchasing them in either PDF format, Palm, Rocket eBook, and soon MS Reader for viewing on a Pocket PC.
The ability of Texterity's TextCafe to support Microsoft Reader, Rocket eBook, Gemstar softbook, and Adobe eBook output will further enhance the value of its partnership with Digital Goods, Both companies are partners of Reciprocal, which enables reader formats for content offered through Digital Good s.
Handheld e-readers include the Palm, Rocket eBook, Softbook (recently bought by Gemstar, the product will be broken up into two versions called RCA REB 1100 and RCA REB 1200), Franklin Ebookman, and GoReader.
The TextCafe service also supports the automated creation of Microsoft Reader, Rocket eBook and Adobe formats.
Technology firms such as Microsoft, Adobe and Glassbook are duking it out to produce the industry standard for clear, readable electronic typeface, and devices from handheld organizers to laptop PCs to the Rocket eBook are vying to be consumers' reading device of choice.