The 10.3-inch PineNote e-reader is now available for purchase, but it’s not yet a device ready to compete with the Kindle.
Last year, Pine64 announced that it was developing a Linux-based e-reader called PineNote. Like liliputant reports, an experimental version of the PineNote is on sale now for $399, but it’s called “Experimental” and Developer Edition for good reason.
A note on the PineNote Product Page states: “The PineNote is an experimental device. The PineNote software is still in its infancy and is therefore ONLY suitable for experienced developers. At this time, there is no default operating system for the PineNote .”
This means that anyone who decides to buy the PineNote right now will have to figure out how to install Linux on it themselves. It is possible, as it has been demonstrated by Linux developer Danct12 who managed to get the Arch Linux ARM edition running on the device. They admit that “there is still a lot to do”. The video above shows the experimental startup of PineNote in Arch and clearly shows that there is still work to be done before anyone will consider buying one for reading e-books.
The good news for anyone wanting an open e-reader is that the PineNote is clearly a very active project and material is in the works. It shouldn’t be too long before we have a ready-made version available for purchase.