If you are looking for a backup ebook reader or just want an inexpensive ePub ereader, the iRiver Story HD can be had for just $49 from Target.
I remember hearing about this deal a couple of weeks ago somewhere but never got around to confirming it until today. It sounds a little too good to be true but Target stores do indeed have the iRiver Story HD for $49. They are sold out online, though, so you can only find them at retail stores that still have some in stock.
When the Story HD was first released it sold for $139. Then after a couple of months they dropped the price down to $99 inline with the competition. Now at $49 they are just trying to get rid of them.
The Story HD was the first ebook reader to use a 1024 x 768 resolution E Ink screen. All the other 6″ ebook readers like the Kindle, Sony, and Nook use 800 x 600 resolution screens.
The HD screen is its best quality. The difference isn’t that noticeable with text, except really small text, but images definitely look more detailed.
The main reason the iRiver Story didn’t do so well is the fact that it is so basic and lacks common features available on other ereaders, such as changing font type, adjusting line spacing and margins, and adding notes and highlights.
Other than the lack of features, it’s not a bad little ereader. It has Google eBooks on-board and supports Adobe ePub for library ebooks and ebooks from other sources. At $49 it’s a lot harder to complain about its shortcomings than when it was $139 back when I reviewed it.