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Franklin EBookMan EBM-901 Dictionary

alaTest has collected and analyzed 414 reviews of Franklin EBookMan EBM-901 Dictionary. The average rating for this product is 2.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other eReaders for all reviews. Reviews about the screen and performance are generally positive. The portability and price also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the durability and reliability, while comments are divided on the design.

usability, price, portability, performance, screen

battery, reliability, durability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other eReaders the Franklin EBookMan EBM-901 Dictionary is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 72/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 379 user reviews of Franklin EBookMan EBM-901 Dictionary from The average user rating for this product is 2.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other eReaders on Reviewers are impressed by the size and performance. The portability and price are also appreciated. There are some mixed opinions about the battery, and the durability and design get critical opinions.

usability, price, portability, performance, size

reliability, design, durability

58% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Aug, 2015

Expert review by: Michael S. Lasky (

Franklin's EBookMan Scores an F


Small PDA tries to offer a music player, PIM features, and an e-book reader in one.

Having music player, PIM functions, and an e-book reader in one device is a great idea.

The EBookMan is not worth it in its current iteration.

Apr, 2001

Consumer review by: snoop (

Great ebook


great 2nd PDA used for ebook

how can you complain about a $30 ebook?

Sep, 2004

Consumer review by: val (

Would recommend if used mostly for ebooks/news/reading


Easy to use, great for Ebooks.

Gray scale screen

Dec, 2003

Consumer review by: Daryl Veal (



You can buy this device cheaply at CostCo

too numerous to list here

Mar, 2003

Consumer review by: (

Have had it 4 months, still LOVE it!


Affordable, does all the PDA basics. . .

Can't think of any

Mar, 2003

Consumer review by: timmy the turtle (

franklin ebookman 900


battetries last, robust, cheap

OS is still a bit buggy

Dec, 2002

Consumer review by: Ima Dellman (

I want my money back



Undependable, inconvenient

Dec, 2002

Consumer review by: (

So much for so little!


I paid only $40 for it at COSTCO

The price. It's too cheap!

Dec, 2002

Consumer review by: (

Great PDA


easy to use- affordable

no color

Nov, 2002

Consumer review by: Elizabeth (

A good ebook for beginner


this is a good ebook for beginner

too bad - no color and memory up to 64 mmc.

Nov, 2002

Product Specifications

eBookMan series of new PDAs is a brand new device, so called "electronic book" that allows you not only to read thousands of titles available for the Microsoft Reader and Franklin's own library but to listen to audio books as well. 16-level grayscale display with 200 x 240 dpi resolution. In fact, it is a common digital assistant that will help you manage and store address-book, date-book, to-do list giving you a possibility of text entry via touchscreen. You can easily synchronize important data to Microsoft Outlook using Intellisync connection. MP3-capable music player enables you to use both a built-in headphone jack, or a speaker. Voice recording via microphone is also available. The eBookMan comes with 8 or 16 MB RAM, which can be expanded even further, with an option of screen backlighting, and with a number of book titles. A cradle with USB cable, stylus, and Quick Reference Guide are included. The device runs on two AAA batteries.

Audio Input


Audio Output


Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Color Support:4-bit (16 gray levels)
Color Support:4-bit (16 gray levels)


Manufacturer:Franklin Electronic Publishers
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Franklin eBookMan

Input Device

Type:Stylus / Touch-screen


Type: None

OS Provided

Type:eBookMan OS 1.0


Installed Size:8MB

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty


Handheld Type:eBook reader

System Requirements

OS Required:Microsoft Windows 2000 / NT4.0 / Microsoft Windows 98