Google is striking a blow in the ebook market by announcing the launch of the first ever ereader integrated with the open Google eBooks platform.
The iriver Story HD will go on sale in the United States next weekend for $139.99, a price identical to that of the Wi-Fi only Kindle currently on sale from Amazon. The iriver Story HD, which is the first ereader to allow you purchase Google eBooks wirelessly, has a QWERTY keyboard underneath an e-ink screen and looks quite similar to the Kindle. “We built the Google eBooks platform to be open to all publishers, retailers and manufacturers. Manufacturers like iriver can use Google Books APIs and services to connect their devices to the full Google eBooks catalog for out-of-the-box access to a complete ebookstore,” said
Source: The Official Google Blog