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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I used the iLiad’s thinnest ink setting for the picture below. Instead, it stores them in an iLiad-compatible format that can’t be read except by specialized PC software.

It allows for quick and smooth navigation through pages. Other versions may differ in some respects. This provides malleability, an important feature of physical books that is missing from most ebook products, allowing users to annotate, highlight, and personalize the text.

Unlike the 2nd Edition, it does not have Wi-Fi. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

A hacker’s guide to the iRex Iliad

Articles lacking in-text citations from July All articles lacking in-text citations Commons category link is locally defined. A new approach for turning pages. On the iLiad itself, though, the annotation features work perfectly and feel just itex marking up a paperback. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Developers and users wishing to create or run third party applications can request shell access from the manufacturer.

Chief among them iljad the fact that annotations can’t be easily passed back to the PC. The Iliad runs a Linux operating system, and most of its software is open source. I have not yet tried it all out myself. Make the changes, and it’s ready for publication.

The annotated images are stored in separate directories on the iLiad, which is a mass storage device that can be hooked up to either Mac or Windows and treated as a USB drive. If you want to download DRM protected ebooks, Mobipocket is your source. The iRex Iliad is an electronic book reader device. Irfx users have also reported successful porting of mobile web browsers to iLiad’s Linux platform, although with limited functionality and many bugs. When it was introduced, the Iliad had largest screen size of existing e-paper products, but the newer iRex Digital Reader ‘s Developers have been able to improve on the device’s functionality by iex viewers such as FBReaderand programs such as abiword and stardict.


Writing means the iLiad is more than an ebook reader. Annotating documents with a iiliad, drawing pictures, and even composing music on the ipiad are all possible thanks to the inclusion of a Wacom sensor board installed directly behind the screen. As has been pointed out before, the use of open-source software alone does not by itself make a device open and hackable.

A far more important and less illiad peculiarity to some is its hackability. Description of the main components, disk partitions, boot sequence and installation packages of the Iliad. Because of its open Linux operating system, the iLiad is able to run third party applications created for it.

You’ll need to download their free software to purchase books, then transfer them to the iLiad with the USB cable. This does, however, make for a shorter battery life than other ebook readers, at about 15 ifex.

A resonant circuit in the stylus receives the magnetic energy and uses it iliax transmit a signal back to the sensor board, which reads the pen’s location, angle, and speed atop the screen. It’s also a notepad on which you can scratch away to your heart’s content.

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

Views Read Edit View history. The exact dimensions of this unit are x x 16 mm 8. The three buttons below the Flipbar are up, down, and select. The iLiad ebook reader, from Dutch company iRex, hopes to slaughter the competition even as it carves a huge hole into your wallet. You can use the MyScripts Note software to digitize written notes, but otherwise it’s main purpose is that of an ebook reader.

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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.

Dedicated e-book devices Electronic paper technology Linux-based devices. You can vary the width of the ink, which comes in handy for jotting notes in the margins of books and pictures.

Documentation on the device itself is also sorely lacking.

In MayiRex Technologies added a third installment to the iLiad line of products, this time branded under the name iLiad Book Edition. This is a Good Thing TM Good for rough sketches, not real artwork. Inappropriate use or interpretation of this information may require you to have your device repaired by the manufacturer, or even buy a new one.

The two above it are menu buttons. While many readers don’t need to scribble notes, underline passages, iirex dog-ear the pages of the books they read, it’s an essential feature of paper book for academics and others.

Our own Jon “Hannibal” Stokes summed up the problem this way:. Programs for recreation, including audio playback, sudokuand calendars, are rapidly growing community content available for use on the iLiad.