How to find the iriver Story HD web browser

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The Story HD was officially launched in Target stores today, and I got mine as early as possible. It's an okay ebook reader, but I'm never one to be satisfied with the legit features. This evening I started looking  for the web browser. And I found it.

It turns out that the Story HD uses a mobile version of the Google eBookstore, and you're visiting the site in a web browser. Unfortunately, it doesn't have an address bar. But if you know which links to click on you can get out of the ebookstore.

Sorry about the quality of the pictures; I didn't find the trick until late at night. There just wasn't enough light to shoot better photos.

My trick involves first entering the Google eBookstore, then going to the Help pages. When you're on the first Help page, look at the links across the top. The one labeled Books will take you to books.google.com, and that is one of Google's home pages. You can jump from books.google.com to Google.com by clicking on the "Web" link at the top. And once you're on Google's home page, you can search for a site and go just about anywhere.

The web browser doesn't have an address bar, but it does have some basic features (previous page, next page, refresh, cancel). You can access them by pressing the options button.

I'd recommend searching for a site called Kinstant. That's a site  that hosts webpages designed to work as start pages for the Kindle. The Story HD needs the help.

BTW, if you let the Story HD go to sleep, it will kick you out of the browser. So don't let it sit too long.

This isn't all that useful of a feature, but finding it was a neat trick.

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: He's here to chew bubble gum and fix broken websites, and he is all out of bubble gum. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills at the drop of a hat. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

9 Comments

  1. Mike Cane18 July, 2011

    iRiver Story HD firmware 1.1:
    http://www.iriver.com/support/download_list.asp

    Um, I wouldn’t do that. You probably have a customized firmware for The Google.

    Reply
    1. Nate Hoffelder18 July, 2011

      I don’t think that will work on mine; it’s probably for the Wifi-less model.

      And I already installed an update last night. The firmware number was 1.17.

      Reply
  2. Luqman18 July, 2011

    How did you find one in stores? When I checked on the Target website, it said that the iRiver was online only. I also could not find it in the store near my house.

    Reply
    1. Nate Hoffelder18 July, 2011

      I went and asked. The stock system said the store had several on hand, so i kept bugging the clerk until he found them. BTW, we found them locked up with the Kindles.

      Reply
  3. Michael18 July, 2011

    Ah, that brings back memories. When I was at college in the late 90s, the library had only a small number of computers reserved for internet use. There always a wait for a machine, and there was a time limit.

    On the other side of the room however, were a bunch of computers for accessing various reference databases. No wait for a machine, and no time limit for use. Access to at least one of the databases was through Internet Explorer, but the address bar and program menus had been disabled, as had Ctrl-O. Fortunately, breaking free was easy to accomplish. All one had to do was find a page in the reference database that linked out to a useful place like Altavista, Infoseek, or the fledgling Google, and suddenly the whole web was at hand.

    Felt a little bad for jumping the queue, but never quite bad enough to share the trick with others.

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