The iRex Iliad is an electronic book reader device. Its most obvious distinction is its large screen resolution (x pixels, now surpassed by the Digital. A comparative review of the iRex iLiad ereader by iRex. Discover sources for downloading free ebooks and ereader software. I purchased this second hand and had problems with it from the word go. I got in touch with Irex, the support team emailed me quickly with their response, signed .

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It was released to the general public near the end of July, and since then has undergone considerable software revisions.

With the integrated Wacom tablet and stylus, it is possible to write directly on almost any document and those notes will remain on that document whenever it is viewed on the iLiad.

The board generates a magnetic field, but does so only when the stylus is detached from its cradle. One of the advanced features of the iLiad is the ability to add notes to existing documents.

Skip to main content The iLiad and the Odyssey. You’ll need to download their free software to purchase ires, then transfer them to the iLiad with the USB cable. Such software can be downloaded from iLiad ; it’s listed as being for Windows XP. The unit charges via power adapter in about 3 hours.

A hacker’s guide to the iRex Iliad

Independent users have irx reported successful porting of mobile web browsers to iLiad’s Linux platform, although with limited functionality and many bugs. A far more important and less obvious peculiarity to some is its hackability.

I’ve done so below; if it’s not obvious and it’s probably notthis is my artistic rendition of Managing Editor Eric Bangeman taking a spacewalk outside the Orbiting HQ.

You won’t be slaughtered in the night by rampaging Achaeans—certainly good news—but you will iliaf contend with some issues. On the day that I finally come across a suitable hardcover copy of this book, I’ll have to go through my old trade paperback page by page and look for notes and markings to transfer over. It igex initially advertised in Decemberto be launched in Aprilbut was delayed until July, when it started to be sold as a beta product.


It’s also a notepad on which you can scratch away to your heart’s content.

A hacker’s guide to the iRex Iliad

Ipiad is the author of The Internet Police: You can use the MyScripts Note software to digitize written notes, but otherwise it’s main purpose is that of an ebook reader. Retrieved from ” https: When it was introduced, the Iliad had largest screen size of existing e-paper products, but the newer iRex Digital Reader ‘s For instance, my dog-eared copy of Hans Georg Gadamer’s Truth and Method has six years’ worth of markings in it, markings that are valuable traces of an ongoing, interactive relationship.

Nate Anderson Nate is the deputy editor at Ars Technica, where he oversees long-form feature content and writes about technology law and policy. Its most obvious irexx is its large screen resolution x pixels, now surpassed by the Digital Readeralso by iRex.

If you’ve been holding off on ebook irdx because krex lack WiFi and the ability to scribble in the margins, you might want to welcome the iLiad inside your gates. Chief among them is the fact that annotations can’t be easily passed back to the PC. For most of us in the modern world, a book is a commodity to be consumed and then discarded after one reading.

Inappropriate use or interpretation of this information may require you to have your device repaired by the manufacturer, or even buy a new one.

On the iLiad itself, though, the annotation features work perfectly and feel just like marking ire a paperback. As of May 3, Mobipocket is supported, making the mobipocket digital rights management DRM content available on this platform.

Programs for recreation, including audio playback, sudokuand iliar, are rapidly growing community content available for use on the iLiad. Views Read Edit View history. My firmware version is 2. It’s quite accurate so long as you don’t try to do engineering drawings, and trying to draw notes on a staff of music is also tricky. July Learn how and when to remove this template message.

Through its wireless service, iDS, the iLiad can also directly download content. You can vary the width of the ink, which comes in handy for jotting notes in the margins of books and pictures. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. In SeptemberiRex Technologies released an update to the iLiad. Dedicated e-book devices Electronic paper technology Linux-based devices.


So when I started tinkering, and as I have a bad memory anyway, I decided to write down what I learned for everybody’s benefit. Make the changes, and it’s ready for publication. They have, however, also been quite forthcoming on some projects and some of the changes the community has made have been integrated back into the company’s software distribution, perhaps the most notable being that of stylus and input calibration, an external development project led by Jay Kuri and published as part of the main distribution in early Good for rough sketches, not real artwork.

The Iliad runs a Linux operating system, and most of its software is open source. Annotating documents with a stylus, drawing pictures, and even composing music on the iLiad are all possible thanks to the inclusion of a Wacom sensor board installed directly behind the screen. You must login or create an account to comment. Unlike the 2nd Edition, it does not have Wi-Fi. A new approach for turning pages. We’re fascinated by the idea of ebooks, but implementations of the concept have so far been dogged with flaws.

Despite losing in the looks department to Sony, the iLiad is one of those products that make you realize just how incredible an entire category could become once the price is right. Our in-depth evaluations of the Sony Reader and Amazon Kindle turned up a long list of drawbacks including high price, hard-to-click buttons, slow refresh rates, DRMed content, poor music-playing functionality, and non-interactivity.

Insales of the iLiad ended when its parent company, iRex Technologies, filed for bankruptcy.

Putting pen to e-paper: iRex iLiad ebook reader review

While officially called “iLiad 2nd Edition”, it is generally noted as a minor update to the original. This does, however, make for a shorter battery life than other ebook readers, at about 15 hours.

Writing means the iLiad is more than an ebook reader.