iRiver Story to preface WHSmith entry into e-book biz
iRiver's Story e-book reader - which Reg Hardware rated as the best product of its kind  for 2009 - is to reach a bigger audience. WHSmith  has chosen it to spearhead its push into the e-book biz.
The newsagent will be offering a Wi-Fi equipped version of the Story, which sports a 600 x 800, 16 shades of grey E Ink display, 2GB of on-board Flash storage and a Micro SD card slot for more. It takes cards of up to 32GB in capacity.
Like the Kindle DX - reviewed here  - the Story has a Qwerty keyboard.
You can read our Story review here .
WHSmith will be selling the reader for £250. It will be embedding the Story with a link through to its own e-bookshop. It is also selling a Wi-Fi-less model for £175, currently discounted online to £149.
For those readers who recall iRiver 's days of glory in the early 2000s as a supplier of some rather good MP3 players will remember that the company shut up shop over here after being badly beaten in the market by the iPod.
The WHSmith deal doesn't make a return to the UK per se - the Story is being brought in by Wokingham-based importer New Technology Products , aka NTP. ®