The iriver Story HD, a new e-reader making its way onto the market, is billed as the first Google eBooks-oriented reader. The construction and interface is very similar to the latest Kindle, and the WiFi version (actually, the only version) starts at the same price point of $140. But the Story HD has some features that let it stand apart from the Kindle in a favorable way. Witness the fantastic way scrolling wraps around when going through lists and the fantastic HD screen. However, some key features are missing, though, like the ability to search through books, or options to change line spacing, fonts, and margins. The Story HD is far from a mess when it comes to straightforward e-reading, but other than the screen and some tweaks, it does little to improve upon the formula.
Physically, some of the design choices for the Story HD are questionable, and the few aspects that are unlike the Kindle are kind of ugly. In marketing pictures, the accents of the Story HD appear to gold in color—gold QWERTY keys, gold frame. This is not the reality.