Franklin Electronic Publishers Launches Innovative Handheld Global Translator at CES 2007

New 12-Language Speaking Translator Includes Chinese, Korean and Japanese!

LAS VEGAS, Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Jan. 8 / -- Franklin Electronic Publishers (AMEX:FEP), a world leader in electronic handheld information, will unveil its new 12-Language Speaking Global Translator (Model TGA-490) at the 2007 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), at booth 36232, located in the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Franklin's new handheld contains over 450,000 words and 12,000 phrases in twelve languages and features recorded human speech providing accurate and clear pronunciation of words and phrases in all twelve languages. The TGA-490 provides business and leisure travelers a comprehensive pocket-sized tool for communication around the world. Users can translate back and forth among the twelve languages and hear proper pronunciation in each language.

This communication tool was specially designed with the non-Asian language speaker traveling to the Far East in mind. It displays Chinese, Korean and Japanese words phonetically in Romanized alphabet form, as well as in Asian characters. This new pocket sized device has all the essential functionality the savvy traveler needs and even includes an MP-3 player, in addition to its currency converter, world clock, alarm, and voice recorder. Franklin packs all this functionality into a unique design with a footprint about the size of a PDA, including a slide out keyboard and a rechargeable battery.

"International travel is projected to rise considerably," said Mike Crincoli, VP of North American Operations. "This projected growth presents Franklin with a viable market opportunity to reach both the international business and leisure traveler. The content offering and versatility of this device empowers the user to be successful in a global marketplace where now even foreign travelers can finally hear pronunciations and translate Asian languages into a character set they can more easily read."

The 12-Language Speaking Global Translator includes: Mandarin Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish and will be available beginning next month at and select retailers.

Franklin recently introduced a powerful non-speaking handheld 12-Language Global Translator (Model TGA-470) with similar features and functionality which is available now at, Borders,, Skymall and other fine retailers.

Both products will be on display at the 2007 International CES trade show (Las Vegas, NV) located in the South Hall, section 4 booth 36232.

About Franklin

Franklin Electronic Publishers Incorporated (AMEX:FEP) is a world leader in electronic handheld information, having sold more than 37,000,000 electronic books since 1986. Current titles available directly or through partners number more than 26,000 in sixteen languages under license from world class publishers, such as Merriam-Webster and HarperCollins, focused in five genres: Learning, Language Learning, Travel, Spiritual, and Leisure. The Company also licenses its underlying technology to an array of partners including Adobe, Sun Microsystems and Ademco (a division of Honeywell). Franklin distributes ROLODEX(R) Electronics branded organizers worldwide and SEIKO branded reference products in North and South America, Australia and the European Community. Franklin's products are available at 43,000 retail outlets worldwide, through catalogs, and online at

Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters discussed throughout this release, including, but not limited to, those that are stated as Franklin's belief or expectation or preceded by the word "should" are forward looking statements that involve risks to and uncertainties in Franklin's business, including, among other things, the timely availability and acceptance of new products, changes in technology, the impact of competitive electronic products and other risks and uncertainties that may be detailed from time to time in Franklin's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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