Battery is so-so, but overall an excellent product!
15 May 2013
Summary: I bought this product over the Amazon Kindle because it includes an SD card slot for expandable storage and is overall less restrictive on how you control your eBooks. Adding eBooks to your iRiver Story HD is much like adding files to a USB flash drive. I found it easiest to sort my eBooks into different folders by type. The iRiver allowed me to navigate these folders, or to simply display all eBooks in a big list.
Summary: This is the third one I have owned. The first was stolen at Singapore airport, the second I drained the battery too far and it would not charge (fixed for free even though out od warranty!!) and I bought this one as the return process is quite drawn out. There are no whistles and bells with this, it does exactly what I require which is to let me read books.
Summary: Good battery life, 1024x768 display renders letters with almost ivisible single pixels. Good handling of PDFs dokuments, it even reads MS Word doc documents! Good display contrast (as for device without light).
Summary: I have several e-readers, from Sony and Amazon. But I never had a chance to have e-reader form iriver before. I am telling you that it was easy to download books, and surf what I was looking for. Letter was crystal clear, just like printed on paper. It was truely my pleasure to read books while I was traveling.
Summary: The best e-reader if you don't need touch screen. Its very fast, handles PDFs magnificently, lets you buy books from google books, which seems to be cheaper then B&N. Screen resolution is amazing, for me it is retina display, I cannot see the pixels.
Summary: It was great e-ink reader. E-ink is better then LCD to read books, especially best in sunlight. Iriver Story HD's 1024*768 resolution is the best solution for e-ink. Actually, iriver company's software skill is not good, I think. But they are still updating. Enjoy reading.
A great reader, and I can buy from my local bookstore
Jeffrey R. Snyder, Amazon
10 March 2012
Summary: For a while it wasn't possible to buy ebooks from my local bookstore, but now I can. I use the IB Independent bookstore app or website which puts the ebooks into my Google ebooks account and they sync directly tomy IRiver. It's all very easy, As for the IRiver reading experience, it is very similar to using a kindle.
Summary: I bought the Iriver Story HD as a gift for my mother, to replace her 1st gen Nook. The B&N reader was doing an ok job overall, but it had some limitations and issues that the Story HD doesn't suffer from. So what makes the Story HD so great? - Folders support. The Nook has Shelves and the Kindle has Collections but they are not the same thing as actual folders. Both are tedious to manage and only support a flat list with one level.