The iRiver Story HD is one underrated e-reader with the ability to download books from Google Books and read a multitude of formats. Target is the only company in the USA that offers this device and it recently came down in price to a solid $49.99!
The iRiver Story HD since it came out last year has been discounted deeply on three different occasions. It originally hit the store at $149.99 and then discounted towards the end of last year to a solid $99.99. The discount to $49.99 today brings it to the lowest price point on the market today for a quality e-reader.
What I really like about this HD e-reader is the 1024×768 on a e-Ink Pearl display! Comic book, ebooks and graphic novels really look amazing. Most menu navigation speeds along quite well on the Freescale 800 MHZ processor. Currently only Sony and iRiver allow you to natively browse and buy books via the Google Books ecosystem.
Like any e-reader the iRiver Story HD has its share of drawbacks. It is not touchscreen which may turn off a fair number of users. It also takes a bit of time for books to load and it is a bit sluggish navigating menus and settings. With all of that aside, for $49.99 you can’t get any cheaper for a quality WIFI enabled e-reader and I would recommend to take the plunge and pick one up.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.