Home / News / Peripheral News / iRiver Cover Story Joins Waterstones

iRiver Cover Story Joins Waterstones

David Gilbert


iRiver Cover Story Joins Waterstones

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.

Brian Carter

November 19, 2010, 8:26 pm

"which was consumers will be going" -> "which way consumers will be going"?


November 19, 2010, 9:06 pm

I have bought ebooks from Waterstones (DRM Protected, I know, what was I thinking...) and I'm annoyed no android app can read it yet.

I'm not going to buy a ebook reader like iriver or Kindle just for a few books I read casually, so I'll wait for a good android app that can read them, unless someone has found a reader on android that can read them?


November 20, 2010, 3:19 pm

I'm pretty much sold on the left-handed support. Add the Opera browser and Bluetooth for tethering and I'd even be willing to pay double.


November 20, 2010, 9:10 pm

Not sure it is going to have much impact, pretty as it may be. Until more progress is made on colour, response times, DRM (god, how I hate that!) and providing greater functionality in these machines (not to mention a Platic Logic Que size screen and overall thinness), I don't see these really taking off. I am still surprised that Kindle has done so well, though pricing does now bring it into the "impulse" bracket. Roll on Notion Ink Adam, bringing the best of e-readers, tablets and netbooks into one device!


November 22, 2010, 3:35 pm

I'm waiting for Duke Nukem forever personally.

comments powered by Disqus