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iRiver Story HD

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Google has announced that iriver will be releasing their own Google eBooks-integrated e-reader. The Story HD will be released July 17 at Target and www.iriver.com. With the Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook already dominating the market, it’s exciting having another manufacturer with powerhouse support get their feet wet. More competition is always better for the consumer.

The iriver is integrated with Google eBooks Platform, which is terrific because of its easy cloud-based accessibility. So it isn’t necessary for readers to download the book to be able to read it. And because access to the device will be through the user’s Google account, whether the book is accessed through an android device or laptop, Google will have the page that was left off saved no matter what device you return to. Of course, the Story HD has the Adobe EPUB and PDFs with DRM support to allow readers to download and read their books offline.

Another upgrade to the other e-book devices is the Story HD’s high resolution (the display is manufactured by LG). iriver states their device has 63.8% more pixels and faster page turns than the Kindle or Nook. And just like the Kindle or Nook, iRiver can boast similar levels of battery life (apparently 3 weeks).

Even though the device is the ugliest thing I’ve ever laid my eyes upon, I’m still very excited to get my hands on one of these.

Click here to link to Google’s official announcement.