iRiver has announced a new e-book reader that looks a whole lot like the Kindle 2 with its white cover, grayscale screen and keyboard. It is called the iRiver Wi-Fi Story and is available in the UK for 250 pounds. That equals to about $376 USD.
Wi-Fi Story users can download books from the WHSmith e-book store via the wi-fi connection. The device is compatible with many file types: ePub, PDF, Microsoft Office, and images such as JPG, GIF and BIMP. I wonder if the images work better for the iRiver device than they do for the Kindle? Kindle readers have complained about the quality of graphics on the e-reader for awhile now, especially for magazines.
The iRiver Wi-Fi Story also includes the ability to play music. Considering that iRiver is known for awesome media players, the ability to play music would allow the e-reader to fit in with the other media players made by the company. Amazon recently released audio for Kindle, but it isn’t compatible with the Kindle itself. Hopefully, that will be available in a future release. The iRiver e-reader definitely has an advantage with the media feature for now.
The iRiver e-reader doesn’t hold a candle to the Kindle price wise. The Kindle is available for $189, which is almost $200 less than the price of the Wi-Fi Story in US dollars. The battery life for the Wi-Fi Story is 900 pages. The Kindle’s battery life is two weeks with wireless connection off. I’m not sure how they get the 900 pages figure because reading speed depends on the individual.