The iriver Story HD e-reader arrives in stores on July 17 for $139.99, and will be the first e-reader integrated with the open Google eBooks platform. The Story allows users to browse, buy, and read Google eBooks on the e-reader through Wi-Fi. It features a high resolution HD E Ink screen and a keyboard. Korea-based iriver introduced the Story HD e-reader at CES in January 2011.
Previously, Google eBooks could be accessed by downloading them to a computer and then transferring them to a compatible device with a cord. The Google eBooks platform is open to all publishers, retailers, and manufacturers. Manufacturers can use Google Books APIs and services to connect their devices to the eBooks catalog. The iriver Story HD e-reader will be sold at Target stores and on Target.com.