Just in time for the holidays, iRiver has announced it is cutting the price of its Story HD from $139 to $99. But only through Oct. 15th. The move is, no doubt, meant to draw as many people to the Story HD as possible before Amazon unleashes its $79 Kindle and new $99 Kindle Touch upon the eReading masses. It’s a wise decision and one that could help iRiver capture at least some new users, before Amazon all but devours the eReader market when the Kindle Touch hits Amazon’s website on Nov. 21st. The $79 Kindle is already on sale.
We reviewed the Story HD back in the July, and praised it for its ability to support multiple document formats, crisp E Ink display, and slick user interface. But because of its poor ergonomics, lack of notes and highlights feature, and difficulty to hold comfortably we gave the Story HD 3.5 stars. One of the Story HD’s best features is its integration of Google eBooks, which provides users with access to more than 3 million titles, many of which are free, and hundreds of thousands of books available for purchase. Still, we didn’t like the lack of a recommendation feature.
System performance for the Story HD was also lacking a bit. Opening new books would cause the eReader to chug along for several seconds and turning pages resulted in occasional pauses. Despite that, getting a decent eReader like the Story HD for $99 is a pretty good deal. It just doesn’t look as good when there is a $79 Kindle out there.