Franklin Electronic Publishers introduced the world s first handheld eBook in 1986. The company has created the next generation in eBook hardware with eBookMan, the world s first handheld eBook reader that has an open but secure architecture, is affordable, can be carried in a pocket and gives an optimal reading experience. Franklin strives to bring high-quality eBook contents to a wide audience of users by making it available for any platform, including Palm Pilots, Windows CE and Psion handheld devices. Franklin has sold more than 29 million eBooks through 45,000 retail outlets worldwide as well as online through its web site and through its direct marketing operation. Franklin Electronic Publishers, Inc. designs, develops, publishes, and distributes globally innovative electronic language learning solutions on handheld devices, memory media cards, and via Internet downloads. Franklin maintains sales and distribution subsidiaries in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Canada, Australia and Mexico. The company is based in Burlington, N.J.