On July 17th, the iriver Story HD will go on sale, marking the first e-reader with the open Google eBooks platform integrated. The iriver Story HD will go on sale for $139.99 with over 3 million Google ebooks available for download for free.
The Story HD has a 768 x 1024 high-resolution e-ink screen and a QWERTY keyboard for easy searching and built in Wi-Fi to allow downloading the e-books but does not allow customers to download them to your PC and transfer them to the device. Weighing in at 7.3 ounces and a battery life of six weeks which are improvements to Amazon’s Kindle and at only $10 more it seems to be a small price to pay for those improvements.
The only downside is that Google ebooks are free to download and work with most major e-readers that can connect to a PC, so there isn’t a big advantage to having the integrated platform and puts a crutch on the Story HD by not allowing it to download ebooks from anywhere else but from Google.