October 3, 2015

Iriver Ereader To Feature Google eBookstore Integration

The iriver Story HD, the first ereader to be integrated with the Google eBooks platform, will be going on sale this weekend (initially only at Target department stores and Target.com) on July 17.

The ereader will allow wi-fi search and purchase of any of the nearly three million ebooks in the Google eBookstore, and will support EPUB, PDF, FB2, and DJVU formats, among others. It will also support ebook files that use Adobe digital rights management (DRM)—likely making it compatible with DRM ebooks from OverDrive and other library ebook lending services, although that has yet to be confirmed. (OverDrive recently announced that it was making about 2500 DRM-free ebooks available.)

Early reviews of the Story HD are mixed, though the ereader’s high-definition E Ink screen has been singled out for praise. However, it lacks the social-networking and annotation functionality that leading ereaders, such as the Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook, already have—at least for now. Such features could eventually appear in software updates.

That said, the Story HD’s price ($139.99) is competitive, and any product associated with the Google powerhouse could be a contender. (Just look at the company’s recent entry into the social-networking arena, Google+, which already boasts millions of users after just a few weeks.)

Expect to see early-adopter patrons with Story HD ereaders soon. And expect more gadgets to come: in a recent Bloomberg interview, Sony Electronics VP Phil Lubell said the company was planning to roll out an upgraded version of its Sony Reader—possibly as early as August.

David Rapp About David Rapp

David Rapp (drapp@mediasourceinc.com) was formerly Associate Editor, LJ.

Register Today!
Join us on October 14th for The Digital Shift: Libraries Connecting Communities, focusing on the challenges and opportunities presented by the digital transition’s impact on libraries, their communities, and partners. Our full-day program will provide actionable answers to some of the biggest questions our profession faces for and from libraries of all types – school, academic, and public and will feature thought-provoking keynotes from John Palfrey, author of BiblioTech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google, and Denise Jacobs, tech leader, author, and creativity evangelist.
Craft Exceptional Digital Experiences for Your Users
Digital UX LJ and ER&L present an exceptional roster of library and user experience (UX) experts for our newest online course, Digital UX Workshop: Crafting Exceptional Digital Experiences for the User-Centered Library. During this 5-week online workshop, you will explore why UX matters, and how to sell user-centered design (UCD) to leadership within your organization. Whether you want to redesign your website, revamp your user interface, create a new discovery tool, implement e-resources, or develop a mobile app—you’ll have a tangible product by the end of the course.
SELF-eLearn More
SELF-e is an innovative collaboration between Library Journal and BiblioBoard® that enables authors and libraries to work together and expose notable self-published ebooks to voracious readers looking to discover something new. Finally, a simple and effective way to catalog and provide access to ebooks by local authors and build a community around indie writing!


  1. This is some good material. It took me a while to find this site but it was worth the time. I noticed this page was buried in bing and not the number one spot. This website has a lot of first-rate material and it doesnt deserve to be burried in the search engines like that. By the way I am going to save this web publication to my list of favorites.

  2. Giving away Rapidshare and MegaUpload accounts over at http://www.earngifts.info right now…just passing the word on. Pretty easy to get a freebie too since its just sending out links. Anyway, use it or lose it…matters not to me.

  3. Oh my goodness! an amazing article dude. Thank you However I am experiencing issue with ur rss . Donít know why Unable to subscribe to it. Is there anyone getting identical rss problem? Anyone who knows kindly respond. Thnkx


  1. Marcus Pontin…

    […]Iriver Ereader To Feature Google eBookstore Integration | LJ Insider[…]…

  2. […] Iriver Ereader To Feature Google eBookstore Integration | LJ Insider // Filed Under: Ebooks Tagged With: ebooks, […]