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iriver Cover Story signs up with Waterstones for ebook excitement

Are you sitting comfortably? Then we'll begin. This is the story of the iriver Cover Story.

Are you sitting comfortably? Then we'll begin. Once upon a time there was an ebook reader and a book shop. This is their story: the iriver Cover Story.

The Cover Story ebook reader boasts a 6-inch, 600x800-pixel E Ink touchscreen, which lets you write notes and flick through pages by swiping a finger left or right.

The reader gives you access to the Waterstones ebook store when you want to download a cracking read. (While you're there, there's a rather good sale on old-fashioned dead-tree graphic novels by the likes of Daniel Clowes and Charles Burns. And if you feel like buying Crave a Christmas present, we'd like the Big Box of Biggles, please.)

You can choose a version with or without 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, but there's no 3G model. They both support EPUB, PDF, TXT, FB2 and DJVU formats, as well as JPEG, BMP, GIF and PNG images. You can also check your email and view Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint documents. A dictionary, MP3 player and stereo speakers are built in, with 2GB of memory and an SD card slot.

The Cover Story follows the iriver Story into action against the likes of the Amazon Kindle 3G and Sony Reader Touch Edition PRS-650. The touchscreen is pretty cool, and gives you a bigger reading area rather than taking up space with a physical keyboard. E Ink touchscreens can be a more reflective than the usual E Ink displays though, so try before you buy in your local branch of Waterstones.

The Cover Story is available in white for £150, online and from branches of Waterstones. The Wi-Fi model is silver and costs £170.