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Ectaco 5" High Resolution e-Book Reader (jetBook-Lite)

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  • Support of ePub, Mobi, PRC, RTF, .txt, .pdf, .fb2, .jpg, .gif, .png, .bmp file and DRM format through Barnes and Nobles
  • Lightweight and super-portable
  • Adjustable font type and size

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  • Overview
  • Specifications
  • Warranty & Returns
  • Reviews

Lightweight and super-portable, ECTACO jetBook Lite is the ultimate pocket library. Capable of storing thousands of books in the world's most popular languages, plus music and picture files, it is a universal mobile library for professional, business and leisure reading. With an easy to scan high-resolution 5-inch display and a viewing angle close to 180°, it is fully customizable. Even readers who have difficulty seeing print books will benefit from its adjustable text size and font face. And weighing in at only 9 ounces, this handy device fits perfectly into the palm of your hand.

Readers can begin reading as soon as they download a book without needing to visit a bookstore ever again. And ECTACO jetBook Lite is eco-friendly too, because it doesn't consume the paper, ink, or other resources that are used to produce printed books. Moreover, e-books downloads are always less expensive than the same books on paper; with hundreds of thousand available online for free!

To help you get started, jetBook Lite comes pre-loaded with the CIA World Factbook to make every trip you take more informative and enjoyable. The CIA World Factbook is one of the best geographic resources in the world. It includes comprehensive geographic, economic and political information for over 270 countries.

  • newegg Thin and Light The Ectaco e-Book Reader features a thin body and weighs only 9 ounces, so you can take it anywhere and enjoy reading for hours on end without getting tied.
  • newegg Large 5" VGA Screen The Ectaco e-Book Reader features a large 5-inch VGA display at 640 X 480 resolution, providing plenty of room for navigation and comfortable reading.
  • newegg 100MB Internal Memory with SD Card Expansion The Ectaco e-Book Reader features 100MB of onboard memory and an SD slot that supports up to 32GB SD cards, so you can easily store thousands of your favorite books at a time.
  • newegg Adjustable Font Sizes and Types The Ectaco e-Book Reader provides multiple choice of sizes and types to suit your reading preference.
  • newegg Multilingual Support The Ectaco e-Book Reader displays multiple formats such as ePub, Mobi, PRC, RTF, txt, pdf, fb2, jpg, gif, png and bmp. Moreover, the Ectaco e-Book Reader support for eBook contents in most European languages!
  • newegg USB Connectivity Easily download eBooks, MP3s and more from your PC, update the unit with the latest firmware, and charge the internal Lithium-ion battery with the convenient USB connection!

Learn more about the ECTACO jetBook-Lite




Built-in Dictionary
Card Reader

File Formats Supported

ePub, Mobi, PRC, RTF, txt, pdf, fb2


Screen Size
Screen Type
640 x 480


PC Connections
USB Port


Battery Type
4 x AA
Battery Life
23 hours


Access to new releases through DRM PDB support

True pocket-sized portability for thousands of eBooks

Support for eBook contents in Albanian, Catalan, Danish, Dutch, English, Faeroese, Finnish, French, Galician, German, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Croatian, Czech, Estonian, Hungarian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Slovenian and other European languages

Bidirectional dictionaries for certain European languages (include German and Spanish) are available

Multilingual interface options that include German and Spanish

Pre-loaded CIA World Factbook

Bookmarks and auto page turn functionality

Adjustable font type and size

Screen rotation support for both portrait & landscape modes

Dimensions & Weight

4.3" x 0.5" x 6"
9 oz.
Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
  • Warranty
  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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Customer Reviews of the ECTACO jetBook-Lite

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  • Rosemary G.
  • 2/19/2014 3:28:48 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood purchase for a beginner

Pros: Can not complain based on the price. I never owned an e reader and wanted to try one without having to spend a small fortune. Pretty simple and straightforward

Cons: Does not have much memory for the books I purchase because of the stuff already loaded on it (but I guess I could always delete that stuff). Very dim back light, might as well not even have one

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  • Joe M.
  • 12/14/2013 9:02:43 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat old tech

Pros: Uses AA batteries ( a dead Li-ion battery does not cause this to be trash)
Can use a separate Li-ion battery pack with the usb cord. (hint turn both the batter pack and the reader on after connecting the cord)
Can carry hundreds, maybe thousands of books in a SDHC card (up to 32 gig) most other wannabe e-book readers can't.- makes it an effective pocket library.
Can use Nimh rechargeables
Not certain if a Li-ion pack will recharge Nimh batteries on board though it looks likely (possible danger of overcharging be careful).
This reader has been utterly reliable so far, I use it at lest several hours up to 6 nearly every day.
No Wi-Fi or wireless B.S.
Can read self made EPUB files

Cons: Slow boot after battery change; confusing the first time Some think the reader is defective- hold the power button in for 5-6 seconds.
Has a bit of trouble with self scanned pdf files (turn the reflow off to navigate)
None of these are significant to me.

Other Thoughts: I'm going to get another as a backup since it looks like ECTACO is just draining/selling old stock. and nothing else on the market looks as good.

If you want a Li-ion with audio, the aluratek?? looks like a similar reader without the replaceable batteries.

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  • Cory S.
  • 4/5/2013 11:30:28 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Product

Pros: Opens many formats, e-books easily added to SD card and found by device. AA batteries instead of internal, no recharge required. Just pop in some fresh AAs.

Cons: No back light. Not really a big deal but for people who read in very low light or want to read in the dark you will need a book light or some other light source.

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  • Evan R.
  • 12/3/2012 2:48:52 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Just about every format under the sun.
SD Card Expandability.
Form Factor.

Cons: Different font selections would be nice. Battery indicator is pretty crappie. The 'book title+pagecount' ui chrome can't be toggled, so no full-screen experience. Black model was pictured, received a gray one. A circa-80's CASIO/RadioShak color gray which is not particularly pretty. These are all incidental and for the price not enough to subtract from the value of this device.

The only other con that i can think of is that though the company is still selling this device, there is no support for enhancements as they've moved on. Not much action on the company forums either. This is basically a sunsetted product. No more updates, but the current version is stable and not really sure they could add functionality/features. 1egg subtracted for a company not standing behind a product. The [official website] [] should give you an idea of they're level of commitment.

Other Thoughts: If you know what you're doing with ebooks, this product is fine. If you don't, it may be a little weird. The pdf has reflow which is great for a device this cheap. If you have the option ePub is probably the best format for this device as it will keep the fonts if embedded, has wide range of zoom and generally will be closest to a print book (albeit a mass market paperback).

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  • Russell M.
  • 9/3/2012 8:29:21 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBack for another.

Pros: uses user-replaceable AA batteries,

has better screen than eInk (the text is blacker),

reads huge number of formats including Adobe ADE DRM ePub,

uses SD memory cards (therefore, limitless memory),

has 100 pre-installed public domain books (many interesting)

Cons: heavy (due to the weight of the four AA batteries),

no 3G or WiFi (you download books onto your computer and move them to your SD card),

high fail rate among new units (so get a warranty)

Other Thoughts: I bought my first jetBook Lite from Newegg in December, 2009, for $117.00; and I am so happy with it that I have bought another as a backup for less than half - $56.95.

Note: My first unit just stopped working after a month, so I sent it back to Ectaco for a replacement. I gather that the jetBook Lite has a higher fail rate for new units than its competitors, so I recommend that you buy a warranty from Newegg or your favorite third party.

To my knowledge all other eBook readers use a lithium battery which drains even when not in use. This means that their clock is running, and that they have limited life expectancies. With rechargeable AA batteries, the jetBook Lite might last forever.

I prefer the jetBook Lite's screen over eInk because the text is blacker.

There is no limit to its "memory" because you use SD cards instead of an internal memory.

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  • Brian F.
  • 10/13/2011 11:35:46 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsDo Not Buy

Pros: None that I can think of.

Cons: I bought this in Spring 2010. By Spring 2011 it broke. I am not sure how. It was in a suit case and perhaps got delicately squashed. I had a plate in there too that didn't break. A few months after I bought it the Kindle went down in price and now they are even cheaper. I haven't used Kindles or the other e-readers but from what I see they will give you a better bang for the buck. The screen fonts flickered on my Ectaco. The operation was very sluggish. The font sizes are shoddily calibrated--for ex., big fonts have too much spacing between the lines. The dictionary, for example was useless. Any word that someone with a 5th grade education wouldn't know was not in it.

Other Thoughts: Terrible piece of c&*p and waste of $120. You will be disappointed even if it cost thirty bucks. I repeat: Do Not Buy.

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  • 6/25/2011 4:19:48 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs"Nifty"

Pros: Good little e-book reader, screen looks like paper (no glare), no back light so no eye strain, uses AA batteries (regular batteries last quite a while but if you use some lithium batteries... wow) and the battery encasement acts as a grip. Overall very satisfied, especially because I got it on a shell shocker deal. :)

Cons: Bottom little silver buttons used to turn page feel cheap but I have been using them on and off for about 6 months now and they still work fine... Not enough to knock an egg though. :)

Other Thoughts: Buy it, you won't regret it. This little guy is on par if not better than some of the more expensive brands... Again Newegg exceeded my expectations.

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  • Dennis G.
  • 5/31/2011 11:32:08 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsA Solid Reader

Pros: Generic AA batteries - universally available. Screen is easy on the eyes in lamplight or bright sunlight. Unlimited library size with SD cards. Device is light and easy to hold. Multi-format support and DRM friendly (library borrowing ability) makes the jetbook all you need. Good price (altho some name brands pricing is nearing the price).

Cons: Don't use the reader to transfer books to your SD card. Pop out the SD card, plug it into your computer usb (cheap card readers run $1), drag and drop your book onto the SD card, and pop it back into your jetBook-Lite. It takes a long while for the jetBook-lite to reinitialize its new library.

Other Thoughts: The reader was quirky until the last firmware upgrade; it's much more stable now and the DRM support works great with my local lending library. I've read dozens of books on this reader and really enjoy the jetBook-Lite experience.

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  • Daniel V.
  • 5/18/2011 1:19:29 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAlmost perfect . . .

Pros: I am extremely happy with this purchase. I have also owned a Nook before but find the overall experience of this reader to be much better.

*The form factor is perfect for holding with either one hand or two.
*Very light. Can easily be held for extended periods of time.
*Screen is fantastic for reading. I was concerned about it being a LCD as opposed to e-ink, but they have done a wonderful job mimicking the e-ink screens.
*The slider for page turning is great. Very easy to use and very responsive.
*Navigating using the number buttons down the right side makes things very easy.
*Easy to bookmark, search within pages, and look up words in the dictionary without leaving the book you are reading.
*I have had no problems with glare or direct light.
*No charger, just replace the batteries.

Cons: While they did a fantastic job with the screen readability, the closer you hold the screen to your face, the worse the fonts become. They get slightly jagged and blurry. So if your eyesight isn't the greatest and you have to hold it very close, you may notice this.

The "up" arrow on the navigation pad really needs a firm press to accept input. The other arrows don't seem to have this problem.

The dictionary is a bit limited. Testing it out a few times it returned the closest thing (spelling wise) to the word I was searching for, which was not often a good match.

And those are the only things I have found to pick at.

Other Thoughts: A couple of points:

First, I don't care about wireless functionality. If the device was tied to a specific bookstore, it might be an issue. But it isn't, so I did not list it as a pro or a con.

Secondly, it is possible to put kindle books from ama$on on the reader, but it is not a simple drag and drop process. It takes some work. Google to find out more. I have done it myself, so I know it does work.

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  • John D.
  • 5/17/2011 7:47:22 AM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDOA

Pros: Was nice price...

Cons: Unit would not go past main screen. Could not enter setup on unit or shut off unit without removing batteries. Was problematic being seen by Win7 Pro PC and driver failed. Tried new set of tested batteries but no change. Manufacturer web site was no help for drivers or manual.

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