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Google eBooks-Integrated iriver Story HD Launching Sunday

by Emily Price | July 11, 2011July 11, 2011 1:30 pm PST

Starting on Sunday you can buy the iriver Story HD e-reader at your local Target store, the first e-reader integrated with the open Google eBooks platform. Google eBooks have been around for a while, but the Story HD will be the first time there has been a dedicated device to read them on.

The Story HD looks a lot like a Kindle. The $139.99 reader has a QWERTY keypad at the bottom of the screen for typing, 1024 x 768 e-ink screen, and connects via Wi-Fi to download new titles.

A recent study by Pew Internet showed that a whopping 12% of Americans currently own an e-reader of some sort, up from just 6% last year. With that kind of growth, its not surprising that we’re seeing a dedicated Google e-reader hit the market.

What do you think about a dedicated Google eBook reader? Google eBooks (much like the other e-reader platforms) are already readable on a number of different devices. Would any of you consider buying one of these over a Kindle or Nook so you could read Google e-book titles on the go? If you already have an e-reader preference, what made you choose it over the alternatives?

Emily Price

Emily has been obsessed with computers since the early 80s when she discovered she could play Ghostbusters on her father's Commodore 64. She...