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July 13, 2011 - 10:06 am

“Galleycat,” the publishing blog at MediaBistro has the story of Google’s partnership with iriver:

The iriver Story HD will be the first eReader integrated with the Google eBooks platform. The Wi-Fi enabled device has a 6″ eInk screen and a QWERTY keyboard. It goes on sale this coming Sunday at Target for $139.99, the same price as the Kindle.Do you think the eReader will be competitive? It is good news for independent bookstores who can sell eBooks using the Google eBookstore platform. In this video, Scott Dougall, director, product management, Google Books, talks about how these retail partnerships with Google eBooks work.

The challenge: I’ve already got a Kindle. Why should I bother to switch to another platform where I presumably won’t have access to all the Kindle books The Wife and I have already acquired? Competitors in the e-reader market are really going to have to come up with compelling ways that their service is superior to Amazon’s.

David Swindle is the associate editor of PJ Media. He writes and edits articles and blog posts on politics, news, culture, religion, and entertainment. He edits the PJ Lifestyle section and the PJ columnists. Contact him at DaveSwindlePJM @ Gmail.com and follow him on Twitter @DaveSwindle. He has worked full-time as a writer, editor, blogger, and New Media troublemaker since 2009, at PJ Media since 2011. He graduated with a degree in English (creative writing emphasis) and political science from Ball State University in 2006. Previously he's also worked as a freelance writer for The Indianapolis Star and the film critic for WTHR.com. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their Siberian Husky puppy Maura.
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