IRiver Story Reader Review

by Kelvin
IRiver Story Reader Review

IRiver is best known for its line of MP3 players, but the company has teamed up with the e-book reader with Story, a device that has more than similarities to Amazonini. Kindle Reader thanks to the keyboard. Story is a more traditional reader, because it doesn't include a wireless service to download books and you can only copy new titles from a PC.

With support for PDF eBook and ePub formats as well as Microsoft Office documents, Story offers a more open platform than Kindle, and iRiver has promised to add more format support through firmware updates. Actually, since the first time we received Story, there have been updates to add reflow support for PDF files, so they retain formatting when zoomed in or out. This is the first e-book reader we saw that supports the OGG music file format, although listening to music will greatly reduce Story's battery life.


This is much stronger than that Kindle But the design is more interesting. The white plastic shell is slightly narrower thanks to the smaller bezel around the screen, and there's a shallow edge to the edge of the shell that makes it easy to grip. The keyboard keys are larger and have clearer actions than the Kindleini. On both sides of the keyboard there are secret Next and Previous page controls, but all other controls are included on the keyboard, such as zoom, setup menus, and orientation controls.

The IRiver user manual is not well translated. For example, on each screen you can press the Options button to access the context menu and manually refer to the items on this menu as "Plugins". Once you find a strange nomenclature, you will notice that the control works mainly as expected. There is no desktop application for transferring books to Story, so you must download and transfer them manually with Story appearing as mass storage on your PC. You can copy files encrypted with Adobe Digital Edition software.

There are some very nice touches: the time and date on the home screen are new things that are welcome, and Story not only remembers where she stopped reading, but there is a little bar above each book that shows her progress. There are special music playback controls so you can listen to music while reading, and the sound quality is very good. With 2 GB of internal memory and an SDHC card slot, there is plenty of space to store music and books.

In addition to reading books and listening to music, there are also calendar and note apps, which seem overkill to e-book readers. In fact, the only real use of the Story keyboard outside of this app is to search for books, it can't be used for scoring, which makes us wonder if a simpler version without a keyboard could be cheaper and make Story a more competitive competitor. worthy However, the price is too high, and while it looks good and has open format support, Story doesn't have a good value or ease of use like Kindle.

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