While Amazon plans to launch an Android tablet by the end of this year, Google has already announced the launch of an eBook reader by iriver. The iriver Story HD will be the first eBook reader powered solely by Google eBooks and will offer access to more than 3 million e-books hosted by Google.
While Google eBooks offers support for multiple platforms, this is the first eBook reader which offers direct integration with Google eBooks platform. It will retail for $139.99, at exactly the same price point as the Kindle Wi-Fi. Which is why I think it won’t make much of an impact, considering we already have very good options in the form of the Kindle, the new Nook and the Nook Color.
The iriver Story HD comes with a 6 inch, 1024 x 768 pixel XGA e-ink display and is powered by a Cortex A8 processor. It has 2 GB internal storage, and comes with an SD card slot and Wi-Fi support. It is similar to the Amazon Kindle in terms of design and form factor and offers 3 weeks of battery life. It will be available starting July 17 at Target stores.