The iriver Story HD would pass as a yet another e-reader if it weren’t for its tight integration with the Google eBooks platform. It’s the first e-reader fully integrated with the Google eBooks platform through official APIs that connect you wirelessly to three million free e-books and hundreds of thousands commercial releases. The iriver Story HD will be available for sale in Target stores nationwide and on Target.com beginning July 17, 2011.
It’s interesting that Google worked closely with a non-Android device vendor to include Google Books support while it’s Android operating system does not yet include these capabilities apart from the Google Books app, which is a free download from Android Market. The search firm even promoted iRiver’s device in a blog post, praising its high-resolution e-ink screen and a QWERTY keyboard for easy searching, noting that “manufacturers like iriver can use Google Books APIs and services to connect their devices to the full Google eBooks catalog for out-of-the-box access to a complete ebookstore”.