Bookeen offers a range of eBook readers including models with big screens, small screens, and optionally front-lit displays.
Next year the company plans to launch something new though: an eBook reader with a built-in solar panel that lets you recharge the battery just by leaving the eReader in a well-lit area.
Bookeen and SunPartner are working together on the new eReader. It will will use SunPartner’s Wysips (What You See is Photovoltaic Surface) technology.
What that means is that the solar panel could be built right into the screen. That way you won’t even see the solar panel and you won’t have to turn the eReader over to expose its backside to the sun to charge the battery. The device may even be able to charge while you’re reading a book.
Small solar panels don’t typically have enough surface area to generate a lot of electricity — but eReaders don’t use a lot of electricity. So a solar-powered eReader makes a lot of sense. Instead of having to plug in the eReader to recharge the battery once every few weeks, you might be able to go months at a time or even longer without connecting it to a wall jack.