The iriver Story HD Coming to Target, Ties in with Google eBooks


iriver Story HD

A new ebook reader is coming on July 17th, the iriver Story HD. It will be available exclusively through Target stores and on Target.com for a suggested retail price of $139.

The iriver Story HD is the first ebook reader to incorporate the Google eBookstore. With it users can browse, purchase, and download ebooks over WiFi. The Google eBookstore launched this past December and is designed to be open to all publishers, retailers, and manufacturers. It provides access to a wide library of new ebooks and over 3 million free ebooks in EPUB and PDF formats.

The iriver Story HD has a 6″ display, 800MHz Cortex CPU, full QWERTY keyboard, 2GB internal memory, an SD card slot for cards up to 32GB, and it has a battery life of 6 weeks or about 14000 page-turns.

The biggest news about the Story HD is its new high-definition XGA screen. Other 6″ ebook readers have a pixel resolution of 800 x 600. The Story HD has a resolution of 1024 x 768, giving it 63% more pixels for improved clarity and crispness. The grayscale remains the same at 16.

Supported ebook formats include Adobe DRM, PDF, EPUB, TXT, FB2, and DJVU. It can also display office formats such as PPT, PPTx, XLS, XLSx, DOC, DOCx, and HWP. The comic viewer can view JPG, BMP, PNG, and GIF image files. And since it supports Adobe DRM, ebooks purchase from a wide range of other sources will work as well, not just Google’s ebooks.

The Story HD weighs in at 7.3 ounces (207 grams) and measures 7.5″ x 5″ x 0.37″ (190 x 127 x 9.3mm).

I’ll be picking up an iriver Story HD to review, so check back soon for more details.

2 Responses to “The iriver Story HD Coming to Target, Ties in with Google eBooks”

  1. Hi Nathan,

    Please check the specs on this reader, which are now posted at iRiver: http://www.iriver.com/product/view.asp?pCode=002&pNo=86

    There’s no mention of Wifi capability, unless I missed something.

    Only USB 2.0

    The Sony PRS-950SC is able to access the Google Books store via Wifi for free public domain e-books via the Sony Reader Store.

    Please confirm that I understand the specs on the iRiver reader properly or will they have a basic (no Wifi model) and a Wifi model?

    • So far there appears to be two models, one without WiFi that is selling in parts of Europe and one with WiFi for the US. The link in the first sentence directs to another iriver site with more detailed specs for the US model.