The new iRiver Story e-reader has been in development for awhile and made a small appearence at this years CES conference in Las Vegas. Normally when gadgets hit the FCC it’s the last stage of certification nessicary in order to launch commerical goods in the USA.
The iRiver Story HD looks on paper a great looking e-reader spec wise. It features a 6 inch e-ink screen with a resolution of 768×1024 pixels. It actually has 63.8% more pixels and faster page turns than the competition and displays 16 levels of greyscale. Under the Hood it boasts a Freescale 800 MHZ Cortex A8 processor and has 2 GB of internal storage for ebooks and media. You can further enhance the memory via the SD card up to 32 GB for additional storage capacity.
You will be able to connect up to the internet via WIFI and download ebooks from some of the many content providers iRiver has secured for the launch.
The unit has a mini USB port so you can easily hook it up to your computer to transfer media to the device. No word yet on what formats the e-reader will read, but we do know that it is compatible with Adobe Digital E-Reader. This means that it will read for sure PDF and ePub.
One of the cool features about this device is that it has a full QWERTY Keyboard. This is a blessing because this is not a touchscreen device so interacting with notes, website URL and even setting up your WIFI password is much more easier to accomplish with a full keyboard.
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.