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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He is the author of The Internet Police: Independent users have also reported successful porting of mobile web browsers to iLiad’s Linux platform, although with limited functionality and many bugs.

A hacker’s guide to the iRex Iliad

It was released to the general public near the end of July, and since then has undergone considerable software revisions. But the iLiad has a lot to irexx. It was initially advertised in Decemberto be launched in Aprilbut was delayed until July, when it started to be sold as a beta product.

Using the desktop software, those notes can be merged into the original document. The iLiad’s main selling point is the touchscreen with an integrated Wacom sensor board, which gives the device a notepad-like feature. In MayiRex Technologies added a third installment to the iLiad line of products, this time branded under the name iLiad Book Edition. Insales of the iLiad ended when its parent company, iRex Technologies, filed for bankruptcy.

Through its wireless service, iDS, the iLiad can also directly download content. Views Read Edit View history. As you can see in the kliad, the iLiad has a unique feature that runs down its left side.

Our own Jon “Hannibal” Stokes summed up the problem this way:. 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. There are also a number of websites you can download free ebooks from, such as Manybooks. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. iiad


A resonant circuit in the stylus receives the magnetic energy and uses it to transmit a signal back to the sensor board, which reads the pen’s location, angle, itex speed atop the screen.

Writing directly on the screen makes the ebook feel that much more like a “real” book.

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

You’ll need to download their free software to purchase books, then transfer them to the iLiad with the USB iliiad. Dedicated e-book devices Electronic paper technology Linux-based devices.

A new approach for turning pages. Documentation on the device iilad is also sorely i,iad. 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. They are very helpful and readily found via search engines, but are not a coherent whole. The Iliad runs a Linux operating system, and most of its software is open source.

If you’ve been holding off on ebook readers because they lack WiFi and the ability to scribble in the margins, you might want to welcome the iLiad inside your gates. Coming soon to Carnegie Hall.

A hacker’s guide to the iRex Iliad

One byproduct of the custom stylus is that the screen doesn’t respond to fingernails, stray knuckle taps, or non-iRex styli.

My firmware version is 2. Other versions may differ in some respects. You can vary the width of the ink, which comes in handy for jotting notes in the margins of books and pictures. 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. As the name would imply, this device is designed more for reading ebooks than the business-oriented Digital Reader series.


This is a Good Thing TM We’re fascinated by the idea of ebooks, but implementations of the concept have so far been dogged with flaws. If you want to download DRM protected ebooks, Mobipocket is your source. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Programs for recreation, including audio playback, sudokuand calendars, are rapidly growing community content available for use on the iLiad. One handy feature of the way that the iLiad handles these ink drawings is that you can load any JPG or PNG you like as a background template; each time you mark up the image, a new page is created, leaving the original clear for continued use as a template. You won’t be slaughtered in the night by rampaging Achaeans—certainly good news—but you will have contend with some issues.

The iLiad ebook reader, from Dutch company iRex, hopes to slaughter the competition even as it carves a huge hole into your wallet. 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.

Chief among them is the fact that annotations can’t be easily passed back to the PC. When it was introduced, the Iliad had largest screen size of existing e-paper products, but the newer iRex Digital Reader ‘s It’s this last one that truly separates an ebook from an actual book.