Monday, November 22, 2010
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
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
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
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!
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Download: iriver Cover Story Firmware Update v.1.06
Monday, October 4, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
"Test" magazine and the publishing company behind it ("Stiftung Warentest") is highly influential on the german market and can boost product sales as well as destroy it, especially when they find out that products are dangerous, of poor quality or not suitable. More pictures after the break.
Friday, September 10, 2010
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
For those of you who don't know, the IFA trade show in Berlin is the biggest exhibition of consumer electronics and home appliances. Of course iriver and the iriver Story will present all of their new products and their current bestsellers on this years IFA as well. I promise, we'll have quite a few surprises for you!
In case you wanna visit us, you'll find us in hall 17.1, booth 125. Tickets are not really expensive and can be purchased online and at the box office every day from September 3rd to September 8th. We'd love to see you there!
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
official iriver Story Twitter account untill July 20th and you might be one of 3 lucky winners of a brand new Domino Dish USB stick, the beatufully designed USB flash drive by iriver. Check out the picture above and you'll see that there's no prettier USB stick on the market right now. A great addition to your iriver Story and right in time for your summer holiday! Retweet this!
Thursday, July 8, 2010
This is a video for the Story's carrying case that has been available for quite a while now. As you can see, it can be used both ways, with or without the EVA bag, depending on if you prefer the clean design of the case or the practical use of the bag.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
As I mentioned in my previous post, the main purpose of the eBook reader for me is to do away with my hefty O'Reilly books and allow me to read to and from work. Therefore, easy of use and legibility were my primary concerns.
First thing I was impressed with was the size and weight of the device. Being roughly the same size as a small paperback and around the same weight, the iriver Story is ideal to carry around. It's a shame that it doesn't ship with a case, or even a protective bag, as the screen looks as if it could be damaged by the slightest pressure. However, being the size of a small paperback it shouldn't be difficult to find a suitable case.
I had ready online that eBook readers suffer from poor page turning speeds, apparently the Kindle is painfully slow. So I was pleasantly surprised to see speed isn't an issue with the iriver Story. Loading a 500 page .epub book takes around five seconds and a page turn is half a second. Pages turn by re-drawing the whole screen, so there is a noticeable black flicker between turns, but this is a necessary occurrence due to the E-Ink technology being used.
Transferring files onto the reader was very simple. The devices shows up on the computer as a removable storage device by plugging it in via USB. Dragging and dropping files is all that is required. Unplugging and switching the reader on again will update the internal database and you're ready to read.
It's still early days with the iriver Story, and this week will be the real test as I use it every day on the busy London underground. But so far I'm very pleased with the purchase."
Review by Andrew Mason
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
In this first episode we focus on the book store chain Hugendubel in Germany. Hugendubel owns 42 stores in 21 cities all over Germany and an online store with a great selection of books, e-books and audio books. Hugendubel also sells the iriver Story and Story accessory like cases. The ebook section of Hugendubel consists of more than 30.000 books from all genres that are available for immediate download and contain mostly german and some international releases. All current bestsellers are part of this selection too. Most of the e-books offered by Hugendubel come in the file formats .epub or .pdf.
And to round it all up, of course the iriver Story e-reader is being sold at all Hugendubel stores as well. Stop by today and check them out, Hugendubel's always worth a visit. More pictures after the break.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
If you want to update the design of your Story, the dark brown case is available in Korea, Japan, China, the Middle East & Russia.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
(click to enlarge image)Up till now, paper has been the uncontested material for use in writing and reading. Let’s take a look at its pros and cons. Paper is inexpensive, light, flexible, easy to write or record on, and we can see what's on the paper itself as long as there is sufficient light: this is the greatest advantage of paper. On the other hand, it’s not easy to change writing on paper and edit its content once the sheet has been marked. Readers and writers have been forced to accept the nature of paper as a “single-use” material. E-paper has been developed to capitalize the advantages of paper and mitigate its drawbacks. It inherently provides all the benefits of paper and also has electronic advantages such as a wide viewing angle, visibility under normal sunlight and low power consumption. E-paper has embedded ink that works electronically, and its micro structure mimics the characteristics of normal paper. Its paper-like appearance is made possible through using an encapsulated EPD (electronic paper display), microcapsules that contain a clear fluid with electrically charged fine particles of 2 kinds of pigments and laid between two electrodes. When electricity is applied, the fine particles are distributed and arranged, replicating the phenomenon of a wet ink being written on paper.
But: Is paper ready to be replaced by e-paper?
Monday, June 14, 2010
- Iriver and LG Display financed a total of 5 million dollars to establish a joint-venture company in Iriver’s China Plant
- Operating an ODM and OEM system to manufacture e-book reader
- Develop and produce leading e-book readers in the global market by generating synergy in the technology and manufacturing aspects
Each Iriver and LG Display will finance 49% and 51% of the joint venture company, respectively, totaling up to 5 million dollars. The business will be founded on original equipment manufacturing (OEM) and original development manufacturing (ODM) systems to develop e-books and provide production services.
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. And Iriver will be the first customer for the joint venture. LG Display, with its global sales network and world class production skills, will be in charge of providing a stable supply of e-book displays, such as electronic paper displays (EPD) to the joint venture.
Iriver expects to gain a stronger market presence in both the domestic and global e-book markets as it will gain a price competitive e-book reader supplier from the new relationship. The prospect for LG Display also seems bright. It will stand out from its competitors by securing a stable distribution line for its e-book displays, while also making its debut in the final product business.
Jae Woo Lee, CEO of Iriver, said, “The joint-venture is significant in that it lays the foundation for a more stable and competitive manufacturing line. If we succeed in generating a synergy between Iriver and LG Display, our joint-venture company will grow to become the market leader with unrivaled competitive power in e-book development and production business.
LG Display’s Executive Vice President and Head of Mobile/OLED Business Unit Mr. Eddie Yeo said, “LG Display decided to establish a joint venture with iriver to supply customers with more competitive products as part of our upstream-downstream business transformation strategy. LG Display will utilize its advanced EPD technologies to achieve early commercial production of color and flexible EPD and reach the global No.1 position by 2012.”
Saturday, June 12, 2010
iriver Story Twitter, we would like to extend our big Twitter giveaway even more. This weekend only, we'll give away 2 new cordless Logitech laser mouses (see picture to the left) for all of our new Twitter followers untill tomorrow night (Sunday, June 13th). This is separate from the other giveaway (which is still in full effect, June 21st is the deadline here). Follow us now and win one of 2 new Logitech mouses (this weekend) or one of 3 brand new iriver Storys (untill June 21st). Thanks, Twitter family!!!
Update: The winners have already been contacted as the giveaway has ended. Congratulations to @h0wlingwolfz and @hoshizora
Update: The winners have already been contacted as the giveaway has ended. Congratulations to @h0wlingwolfz and @hoshizora
Friday, June 11, 2010
Also don't forget: Our big Twitter giveaway is still going on. Tell everybody to follow the official iriver Story Twitter to get a chance to win one of three new iriver Storys. We have more news coming up very soon. Enjoy the weekend!!!
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
http://www.twitter.com/iriver_Story) until June 21st and you'll automatically enter the lottery. Three of our new followers will be the lucky winners and receive a brand new iriver Story sent to their house. But please have in mind: The deadline is June 21st! Good luck everybody!
Friday, May 28, 2010
One of the unique features of the iriver Story is the built-in mp3 player. While many of us may use the Story for reading purposes only, the mp3 player feature really starts to make sense when you think about using it for audio books and podcasts. Imagine listening to a lecture (which many universities and evening schools already have available as downloads) and being able to read along the books or looking at sheets and graphs the lecture is referring to at the same time, all while you're on the train or in the park. Or imagine doing a language course where you will definitely need both, audio and text for better learning and understanding. What makes it even more comfortable are the easy to use navigation buttons that help to rewind, forward, stop, play and change the volume of your audio file without having to leave the book you're currently reading. In my opinion this is where the iriver Story shows its real strength and with iriver being one of the worldwide powerhouses for mp3 players, you know that the quality of this feature is excellent as well.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Here's something that I mentioned on our official Twitter account yesterday: I really recommend this carrying case for the iriver Story. Not only for the fact that the look of it perfectly fits the design of the Story itself, it also comes with a matching EVA bag that helps you keep the Story clean and safe and allows you to take important documents, flight tickets, your headphones or business cards with you. It also might be a nice and easy option to customize the look of your iriver Story by inserting photos or memorabilias. Check out the pictures after the jump to get a full impression.