Though it sorta looks like a classier but blinged out Kindle, the iRiver Story HD is actually the first e-book reader that'll be integrated with Google eBooks. Which means you can buy Google eBooks over Wi-Fi.
Last week we were all calling it Google Editions, but now their ebook download store is known as Google eBooks. It's available now for Android and Apple devices as a free app, with the 3 million books varying in price.
Lost in the midst of the Ebook wars between Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple and Sony are the independent bookstores who don't have the clout to bang with the big boys. Not for long, they're looking for help—from Google.
As Amazon slowly inches toward sealing up the entire eBook industry, Google's getting antsy. Speaking at the BookExpo convention this weekend, a company rep stated Google's intentions to sell eBooks by the end of the year, adding ominously, "this time we mean it."