PocketBook InkPad 840 Finally Released, an 8-inch E Ink eReader

PocetkBook InkPad

Earlier this year PocketBook announced a new lineup of ereaders, with the 8-inch PocketBook InkPad 840 among them. It was supposed to be released back in July, but there were some unexpected delays and it’s just now getting released.

PocketBook has been making ebook readers for many years now, but they are pretty much never available in the US unless you pay a fortune to import them.

But if you live in Russia, the Czech Republic, France, Germany and some other European countries you can get your hands on a PocketBook InkPad.

What makes the InkPad unique is the screen size. It’s one of just a few 8-inch E Ink ebook readers. It has a 1600 x 1200 resolution Pearl screen. That works out to 250 ppi. It also has a frontlight, and a flush glass front like the Kindle Voyage, with capacitive multi-touch support.

The design of the PocketBook InkPad is unique too. It has a rubberized strip along the right side of the screen with page buttons.

As far as specs are concerned, it’s powered by a 1GHz processor and 512MB of RAM. It has 4GB of internal storage space and a microSD card slot. It has a 2500 mAh battery that lasts up to 4 weeks, Wi-Fi, and it supports MP3 audio files and text-to-speech via a 3.5mm headphone jack. The InkPad measure 195.5 x 162.8 x 7.3 mm and weighs 350 grams.

Like other PocketBook ereaders, the software supports Adobe DRM for ePub and PDF, and it also supports DRM-free EPUB, PDF, DJVU, FB2, FB2.ZIP, DOC, DOCX, RTF, PRC, TCR, TXT, CHM, HTM, and HTML files. Reading programs include FBReader and Adboe Reader.

A few non-English reviews have started showing up online for the PocketBook InkPad. There’s a preliminary Czech review at EbookExpert.cz and there are some early user reports at MobileRead. Below are a couple of videos showing the InkPad in action, with size comparisons with smaller ereaders.

Pocketbook InkPad Preliminary Review

Pocketbook Inkpad Hands-On @ IFA 2014

8 Responses to “PocketBook InkPad 840 Finally Released, an 8-inch E Ink eReader”

  1. Would love to see this in a Kindle version complete with MP3/TTS capabilities and microSD card slot.

  2. I just ordered one from http://boutique.pocketbook.fr/index.php?id_product=104&controller=product&id_lang=3

    However, the auto email reply (after the order and payment confirmation came back as “out of stock” and that there would be a “slight delay” in shipping.

  3. I was excited, but after checking several reviews, it seems to be very slow, I can see it take so much time to turn a page, and that is not a pdf even. anyone correct me please?

    • Lakshmi Shankar October 26, 2014 at 6:23 pm


      I’m from india and really wish to buy this Pocketbook inkpad-8″ but ungortunitly this is not available in my country, can someone suggest a better way to grab it? Please please revert. anyone is from india? or coming from (where product is availabe) to india? please…..answer

  4. Despite the large screen, the whole package is huge and prevents the device to be emmbedded in a jacket pocket.

  5. Hello Nathan, will you be reviewing this item soon?