Pocketbook has slowly been decreasing the number of e-readers it has been producing to only a few a year. The company has abandoned the North American and Western European markets to focus on Russia and Ukraine. Today, the company has announced a brand new device, the Pocketbook 614.
The Pocketbook 614 is using an E Ink Pearl screen with a resolution of 1024 by 758 pixels. It has a 1 GHz single core processor and 256 MB of RAM. There is 4 GB of internal memory and a SD card to enhance it up to 32 GB. It has a WIFI connection in order to connect up to the Pocketbook open source bookstore. The company has told us that their store does not get a ton of traction and instead they basically rely on Russians inclination to pirate books like there is no tomorrow.
Pocketbook makes pirating eBooks rather easy with their support for a multitude of formats. It will handle CHM, DJVU, DOC, DOCX, EPUB, FB2, FB2.ZIP, HTML, PDF, PRC, RTF, TCR, and TXT.
There is no word yet on if this is a touchscreen device, but given that there are no manual page turn buttons and a single home button, I would assume it has a touchscreen display. It will be available in the next few months and retail for $119 US.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and Verge.