For all of you who haven’t heard of it before, the iRiver Story is another of those eBook readers, similar to the Kindle and Sony Reader, but unlike the Kindle, this baby allows you to read PDFs, ePubs, image files and Office documents. Okay, well the Office docos aren’t exactly reliable, but the fact that you can read PDFs with reflow, something the Kindle cannot do, means alot to me. It means I can purchased books from publishers, and read them in big text. I bought one of these babies and sold a few of them a while back and also tried out the Kindle 2.
There are pluses and minuses to everything, as well all know. The Kindle 2 has better screen greyscale resolutions, the actual physical make is a lot better (doesnt squeek when you press against it like the Story) and it has a metallic back. Not to forget, the Kindle also has 3G coverage (for free) and syncing of books (bookmarks) with other Kindle applications or devices, but it’s lack of decent PDF reading was the deal-breaker for me.
This baby also has an earphone jacket, to allow you to listen to mp3s and audiobooks, with the battery life reported at being similar to or better than the Kindle’s even. I manage to get two weeks reading out of it before charging it again. I think the interface could be improved slightly, but it’s not too bad. I think the ability to get to the table of contents is actually better than Amazon’s, since you dont have to navigate to the start of the book but rather a popup menu showing the pages appears.
TrustedReviews did a piece on this a while back and I think they were harsh, as most of the shortcomings were software related and from what I have seen, iRiver are updating their firmware with new features quite regularly, so it’s only a matter of time before we get more improvements coming along.
Anyhow, this is my brief intro, and having dedicated a tag section to this ebook reader, I will add new updates to it, including firmware notifications and hints and tips. Let me know if you are thinking of buying one, and any questions you may have.