eBooks haven’t been a huge portion of this year’s CES; the big story has been tablets, tablets, tablets. But that hasn’t stopped iRiver from announcing the iriver Story HD, an ebook reader they are claiming is the highest resolution, fastest ebook reader ever.
The press release and the iriver site are light on details, but it certainly appears to be an eInk screen, and it supports Adobe DRM, meaning you can buy books from Kobo as well as borrow from your local library. No price news, except that it will be priced “competitively”. Based on other eInk wifi devices, I’d say that’s likely to put the price between $100 and $200. Anything above that is going to price the iriver Story HD out of the market, and that would not be a happy ending for what sounds on paper like a great device!
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 (768×1024) 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 advancedi.MX508 eReader applications processor from Freescale Semiconductor based on ARM® CortexTM 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 (www.easywifi.com) feature so that users can access any open or subscribed Wi-Fi hot spots automatically without log-in process. Easy WiFi is 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.
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 performanceand 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 colorsat 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: www.iriver.com.
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