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A Proper Amazon Kindle Rival: Meet The Google eBook e-Reader

Unlike many of its competitors, Google relies on key partners to deliver flagship products; Logitech with the Google TV, HTC with the Nexus One, Motorola with the XOOM. Now the search giant has partnered with iriver to deliver its first ebook reader, the iriver Story HD.

While the device carries google's open eBooks platform which allows users to buy and read eBooks from Google over Wi-Fi (only), it doesn't unlike others, carry the Google Logo.

The iriver Story HD (opens in new tab) is quite an attractive reader measuring only 9.3mm thick and weighing 207g, around a third of the iPad 2.

It comes with 2GB onboard storage which can be expanded to 32GB via a normal size SD card. Occupying most of its front facing surface area is a massive 6-inch E-Ink screen that has an XGA resolution and 16-grayscale colour depth.

Next to that is a 38-key QWERTY keyboard with a few extra keys. The tablet can be charged in roughly 4.5 hours and with a 1800mAh battery - more than most mobile phones - the iriver Story HD is expected to have a better life of days if not weeks.

Expect it to retail in the US for around $139.99; no release dates outside the US have been decided yet but it would not surprise us if the iriver HD reaches our shores for less than £100, at least £10 cheaper than the Amazon Kindle.

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.