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Franklin eBookman EBM-911

alaTest has collected and analyzed 239 reviews of Franklin eBookman EBM-911. 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. People are impressed by the performance and screen. The price and portability also get good comments, whereas many are less positive about the durability and design.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other eReaders the Franklin eBookman EBM-911 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 70/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 227 user reviews of Franklin eBookman EBM-911 from The average user rating for this product is 2.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other eReaders on People really like the screen and performance. The price and portability also get good opinions, but there are some mixed opinions about the battery. The durability and design get less positive comments.

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60% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Jan, 2017

Expert review by: Chris Sansone (

Franklin eBookman EBM-911 review: Franklin eBookman EBM-911


Franklin's eBookman is, true to its name, first and foremost an e-book reader--but the PDA functionality comes in a close second. It may not have the full functionality of a Palm OS- or Pocket PC-based handheld, but it easily outpaces other e-book...

Large, legible screen; backlit display; ample selection of applications.

Sound playback is a little subpar; no Web access.

Though lacking in features, the EBM-911 is great as a basic handheld with e-book- and audiobook-reading abilities.

Apr, 2001

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Franklin EBookMan


Don't let the name fool you: Franklin packs a PDA, e-book reader, and MP3 player into one, pocket-thin device.

Don't let the name fool you: Franklin packs a PDA, e-book reader, and MP3 player into one, pocket-thin device.

Nov, 2000

Expert review by: Daniel Matejka (

Franklin Electronics' eBookMan EBM-911


R. Kulic, Contributing Editor INTRODUCTION Due to hardware difficulties I am unable to publish the pictures I took of my eBookMan unit. I have

Large screen ; Low price ; Lots of capabilities crammed into one unit

Hard-to-read screen ; So-so audio playback ; Poor PIM implementation

The Franklin eBookMan tries to be all things to all people, and, as we all know, this is usually a troubled road to take. I believe that...

Aug, 2001

Consumer review by: mercuryvenus (

Franklin EBM-911 eBookMan Portable Multimedia Reader and Content Player


I got mine cheap to try, I learned, it works but is difficult to use.It is good as a basic learning pda (mine was cheap to try)Pros:audible books are easy to useCons:40 megabytes of e-books takes 3 hours to download to the memory card

Jun, 2003

Consumer review by: ozgamer (

Franklin EBM-911 eBookMan Portable Multimedia Reader and Content Player


Despite attractive features and operation, a change to a less reflective screen would greatly benefit. Test one by all means, but you'll still find me at the bookstore browsing paperbacks.Personal information in the palm of your handPros:USB...

Apr, 2003

Consumer review by: spacefinders (

Franklin EBM-911 eBookMan Portable Multimedia Reader and Content Player


In conclusion its a nice idea which doesn't work in practice. I wish I had saved my money : it would have bought a lot of paperbacks.As a prototype its not badPros:large screen,easy scrollingCons:very poor battery life, lots of glare on screen

Dec, 2002

Consumer review by: markshark (

Franklin EBM-911 eBookMan Portable Multimedia Reader and Content Player


I would only recommend this unit if you can try it out and return it if dissatisfied with the screen quality; otherwise, look for something with better readability.Bad for my eyesPros:Very inexpensive, lots of basic PDA and ebook features, MP3 player,...

Oct, 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



Built-in Camera: No


Audio Playback: Yes
GPS Receiver: No
GPS Software: No
Push email: No


Bluetooth: No
Modem: Yes
WiFi Data Exchange: No

Dimensions & Weight



Display Technology:Not Applicable
Number of Display Colours:Monochrome

Display (Projector)

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

General Features

Operating System:Others
Type:PDA (Others)


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:16MB

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty


Handheld Type:eBook reader

System Requirements

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