First Google eBooks Reading Device on Sale This Week

In Tech Digest by Hannah Johnson

iriver Story HD

By Hannah Johnson

Approximately seven months after the launch of Google eBooks, the first e-reading device using the Google eBooks platform will go on sale in the United States this week.

Called the Story HD, this new device is manufactured by iriver and retails for $139.99. It ships with wireless access to Google eBooks, both free and paid, for online reading, buying and browsing. The Story HD will go on sale on July 17 in Target stores around the country.

According to the announcement on the official Google blog, readers access their Google eBooks via Wi-Fi instead of downloading and storing files on the reading device. No specifics were provided in the announcement about how users might access these e-books offline, or whether Wi-Fi access on the Story HD would be available outside the United States.

However, the device does feature an SD card slot as well as USB port, which would allow users to upload and store personal files (and e-books) on the device.

Like Google’s mobile operating system Android, Google eBooks is “open to all publishers, retailers and manufacturers,” so we can expect to see more devices launched over the coming months that use the Google eBooks platform.

iriver Story HD close-up
(Image via Google)

About the Author

Hannah Johnson


Hannah Johnson is the publisher of international book industry magazine Publishing Perspectives, which provides daily information and news about book markets around the world. In addition to building partnerships with international cultural and trade organizations, she works with the Frankfurt Book Fair to organize and support a number of its overseas initiatives. Hannah has also worked as the managing editor for an online media company, The Hooch Life, focused on craft distillers and cocktail experts. Prior to that, she worked as a project manager for the Frankfurt Book Fair’s New York office, managing various business and marketing activities.