It looks as though there is yet another rivalry going on very soon, this time in the eBooks market. We now have news that the release date for the Google e-reader and will be ready to take the fight to the Amazon Kindle and the Barnes & Noble Nook. The release date will be on July 17, 2011, and will be known as the iriver Story HD
From the moment that you turn the device on you will then be able to access 3 million free books that Google has stored online. Not only that, but there are also several hundred thousand paid titles as well. The worrying thing for Amazon is that the design and price of this latest eReader is very similar to their Kindle. This new eReader is considered an evolution of the iriver Story, which as we know was launched back in 2009 – we hope that it has evolved as much as the Nook and Kindle has.
To make it easy to search you will have a QWERTY keyboard along with edging and keys – maybe they thought that it adds a little elegance to the design? You do not have a touchscreen to turn the pages, that is done by using the four-directional button, which is positioned above the keyboard. This could cause a huge problem, as most consumers believe that anything but touchscreen is considered a step back in technology.
Where the Google eReader will come into its own is how you will not have to download books to the device to read them; instead you will be able to access them directly by using a Wi-Fi connection. This is perfect when you are at home, but you also have the chance to download to your local storage if you are going on vacation, or like something to read on the commute to work.
One has to ask themselves why Google would want to endorse the iriver Story HD, especially when these eBooks can be accessed via Android, IOS, Nook and Sony eReader devices? Maybe Google is just trying too hard to compete in all markets, when they should just concentrate their efforts in a few.
Google already has the lions share of the smartphone market with their Android OS, as well as the search engine market. There next step is social media, with their Google+ service; so do they really need to try to dominate another?
According to the LA Times the new Google eReader will cost $139.99, which is not a bad price considering.