Friday, April 22, 2011

iriver Story HD e-reader hits the FCC, US retailers next?

Stay tuned! and don't miss the big news we're getting ready for!
We'll be back with better visibilty and other surprises.

We haven't heard much about iriver's Story HD e-reader since it quite literally landed in our laps at CES back in January, but it looks like it might now finally be nearing a US launch. The e-reader has just turned up at the FCC, where's it's been thoroughly tested and dissected (see the link below for some additional evidence). That's not always a sure sign that a US launch is imminent, but it does seem likely in this case -- especially considering that iriver has already lined up a number of US content partnerships for the device. As for the e-reader itself, it's similar in size to the Kindle and packs a 6-inch 1024 x 768 display, along with an 800MHz Coretx A8 processor, 2GB of internal memory, an SD card slot for expansion, and WiFi connectivity. In other words, it remains unchanged from CES, which means our preview is just as relevant as ever.
By Donald Melanson

Sunday, January 9, 2011

iriver Story HD versus Amazon Kindle

Here's a preview of 'Story HD', our upcoming e-reader.
Take a closer look at its amazing XGA resolution! It comes with a video comparing to the 3rd-gen Kindle!
Find out the difference yourself!

iriver Unveils The World’s Highest Resolution 6” eBook Reader At CES 2011

iriver Teams Up With LG Display To Introduce The iriver Story HD eBook Reader With The Best Legibility Ever, Wi-Fi and Rapid Response
Irvine, CA -- iriver, the award-winning producer of stylish digital devices, unveils the new iriver Story HD eBook at CES 2011, the world’s first 6” XGA (768x1024) eBook reader with 63.8% more pixels and faster page turns than the competition.

The iriver Story HD provides outstanding legibility with crisp fonts, fast response and high performance with an advanced processor from Freescale Semiconductor based on ARM® Cortex technology and automatic, built-in Wi-Fi. The eBook will be able to access content through the major content partner.

The Story HD will also be equipped with the Easy Wi-Fi Network( feature so that users can access any open or subscribed Wi-Fi hot spots automatically without log-in process. Easy WiFi is the the world's largest WiFi network, and with the network supporting thousands of providers, users can also personalize access by extending Easy WiFi to any personal WiFi accounts as well. The service features a map to locate hot spots, classified by capability. Users can find hot spots, get connected, and personalize access, for free.

Chulmin Lee (COO of iriver Ltd. and President of iriver Inc.), said, “iriver is excited to unveil the iriver Story HD at CES as a world’s first. No other eBook features a higher resolution, and users will appreciate fast page-turn performance and the chic design that is the hallmark of iriver. ”

The slim and lightweight e-reader features the signature; sleek, iriver style, QWERTY keypad, a curve with two-tone colors at the front and back for easy grip and slim design.  The Story HD has buttons located from the side to the center of the keypad, featuring the up/down layout instead of the right/left design to make the unit more user friendly than other eBooks – other models feature the right/left buttons for flipping pages.

The iriver Story HD has a 3-week battery life, making it ideal for travel, and supports Adobe EPUB and PDF formats with DRM.

In June 2010, iriver and LG Display established a joint venture for the OEM development production and sales of e-Books. Iriver is responsible for product design, accumulated knowledge on e-book technology, including designs and platform development, as well as technical assistance within the joint-venture. LG Display, with its global sales network and world class production skills, provides a stable supply of e-book displays, such as electronic paper displays (EPD).

The iriver Story HD will be competitively priced and available in the second quarter of 2011.

About iriver, Inc.
iriver Inc. is the award-winning producer of iriver digital A/V devices, owned by iriver, Ltd., the global digital A/V product powerhouse. Since its founding in 1999, iriver has become renowned for its product innovation, style-driven technology, and track record of market dominance.  The company’s ever expanding digital product lines include: Multimedia Devices (MP3. MP4, PMP, DMB), Network Devices (Home Media Center, Wi-Fi Network, Navigation products) and Content Devices (E-Dictionary, E-Book). For more information on iriver and its product lines, please visit:

Monday, November 22, 2010

Cover Story signs up with Waterstones,

Are you sitting comfortably? Then we'll begin. Once upon a time there was an ebook reader and a book shop. This is their story: the iriver Cover Story.
The Cover Story ebook reader boasts a 6-inch, 600x800-pixel E Ink touchscreen, which lets you write notes and flick through pages by swiping a finger left or right.

The reader gives you access to the Waterstones ebook store when you want to download a cracking read. (While you're there, there's a rather good sale on old-fashioned dead-tree graphic novels by the likes of Daniel Clowes and Charles Burns. And if you feel like buying Crave a Christmas present, we'd like the Big Box of Biggles, please.)

You can choose a version with or without 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, but there's no 3G model. They both support EPUB, PDF, TXT, FB2 and DJVU formats, as well as JPEG, BMP, GIF and PNG images. You can also check your email and view Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint documents. A dictionary, MP3 player and stereo speakers are built in, with 2GB of memory and an SD card slot.

The Cover Story follows the iriver Story into action against the likes of the Amazon Kindle 3G and Sony Reader Touch Edition PRS-650. The touchscreen is pretty cool, and gives you a bigger reading area rather than taking up space with a physical keyboard. E Ink touchscreens can be a more reflective than the usual E Ink displays though, so try before you buy in your local branch of Waterstones.

The Cover Story is available in white for £150, online and from branches of Waterstones. The Wi-Fi model is silver and costs £170.

more information here!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Cover Story Firmware Update V1.07

Here's the brand new Firmware Update for the iriver Cover Story. Version 1.07 now supports a "bold font" function as well as several small things that improve your everyday experience with the Cover Story. Read all the details after the jump and get the new firmware update right here.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Pictures from Frankfurt Book Fair

The Frankfurt Book Fair closed its doors last week and I hope many of you found the time to take a closer look at the iriver booth with the new e-book readers. In case you're on the other side of the world, here's some pictures for you (and more after the jump).

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

A closer look at the Cover Story

Here's a little video I did for you to find out about all the important features of the iriver Cover Story. This should help all of you to get an impression of what this new e-book readers is capable of doing. If you can, check it out in HD and full screen size, so you have a good look at the display and the menu. Enjoy!