With the follow up to its 2009 ebook reader, the Story, iRiver has cleverly come up with another literary title for its latest edition - the Cover Story. Brilliant.
The Cover Story boasts a 6in, 600x800-pixel e-ink touchscreen but no keyboard. The touchscreen also allows for notes to be taken on it and page flicking is done with a swipe of your finger left or right. iRiver has teamed up with high street retailer Waterstones to give you access to its online ebook store. The basic model is on sale online and in Waterstones stores for £150 with the WiFi model on sale for £170.
Measuring 168 x 126 x 9.5mm the Cover Story weighs in at 282g. It has WiFi connectivity on some models but it lacks any 3G connection. All models support EPUB, PDF, TXT, FB2 and DJVU formats, as well as JPEG, BMP, GIF and PNG for viewing images. As an added bonus Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint files can also be viewed along with your emails.
The Cover Story has an inbuilt dictionary and MP3 player which you can listen to through its inbuilt speakers. To store all these goodies there is 2GB of storage inbuilt with the possibility to add more through an SD card slot. The battery will last for 11,000 pages or 30 hours of music listening with a charge time of five hours. Along with the basic grey and silver models you can also purchase the Cover Story in Lime Green, Hot Pink, Baby Pink, Beige and Titan. Baby Pink or Hot Pink? Who could choose?
The iRiver Cover Story will enter the market currently dominated by Amazon’s Kindle and Sony’s Reader. What it hopes will set it apart from the Kindle is its touchscreen display while its prettier design will look to entice customers away from the Reader. With the announcement recently of the first colour e-ink display, the ebook reader market will become more competitive in the coming months as manufacturers see which way consumers will be going.
Obviously pricing comes into play in a major way too and with the basic version of the new Kindle selling for £109 and the WiFi and 3G enabled model selling for £149 it is hard to see where the Cover Story will make its mark. The collaboration with Waterstones is sure to give it a bit of a boost but will it be enough to make a dent in the market?
For more information check out the iRiver site.