Google picks iriver for first integrated e-reader

Iriver Story HD to launch Sunday in Target stores for $139.99

The story HD e-reader from iriver is the first device integrated with Google's eBookstore. (Google photo) Google on Monday announced the iriver Story HD, its first e-reader to be integrated with its open Google eBookstore.

The iriver Story HD will sell for $139.99. It goes on sale Sunday at Target stores and on Target.com, Google said in a blog post.

The Story HD allows browsing, buying and reading of Google eBooks through the reader and over Wi-Fi instead of requiring downloading and transferring them from a computer to an e-reader with a cord, as Google already allows with more than 80 devices.

Google said potential customers could learn more about the Story HD on the iriver website , but the site only appears to have pictures and specs for an older version of the iriver Story e-reader with a different keyboard layout. Google didn't offer any specifications on the device.

Google launched its eBookstore and platform in December. It offers 3 million free books and hundreds of thousands for sale.

Amazon offers a Kindle e-reader that runs over Wi-Fi with a 6-in. display for $139. Until the first quarter, the Kindle was the best-selling e-reader until it was replaced by the Barnes & Noble Nook, IDC reported on Friday. Amazon is also said to be prepping two tablet devices that would replace the e-ink display with an LCD display.

Matt Hamblen covers mobile and wireless, smartphones and other handhelds, and wireless networking for Computerworld. Follow Matt on Twitter at @matthamblen or subscribe to Matt's RSS feed . His e-mail address is mhamblen@computerworld.com .

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