I first mentioned iRex on this blog here on 1/5/06, reporting that the company was scheduled to launch an e-book device called the iLiad in April, 2006.
About six months later, on 7/24/06, I said here:
... the iRex [device] was scheduled to be released on July 11th. I was shocked to see the advertised price of the iLiad was $811 ... I [don't] picture them selling many of those babies.Three days later, while wondering why the iLiad could be so expensive, I described the specifications of the device here.
On May 8, 2008, I reported here that the price of the iLiad had come down to *only* $699. I also cited an article in The Bookseller:
Borders is to become the first seller of e-book readers in the United Kingdom with seven stores stocking the iLiad reader from Saturday.On 9/3/08, iRex distributed a press release that said:
Gill & Macmillan, the leading Irish book publisher, today launched a pilot scheme that will take some weight off the shoulders of the first-year pupils of Caritas College, Ballyfermot . . . St. Brendan’s class, a group of 18 first year students at the all-girl school . . . will become the first class of students worldwide to replace their academic load with the iLiad, an electronic book device.On 9/11/08, BusinessWeek reported on an experiment that took place in France with a prototype digital device from iRex called the Read & Go:
The trial of the prototype will wrap up this month, and by 2009, France Telecom (FTE) aims to start distributing the Read & Go in conjunction with a subscription-based news service of the same name. For a monthly charge similar to a mobile service plan, customers will receive an over-the-air stream of aggregated content from a wide assortment of information sources. Alongside the articles will be ads that help defray the cost of the service.I described iRex's devices for the business market:
iRex has unveiled its Digital Reader 1000 with a 10.2 inch screen and a price of $649; a reader/writer is $749. And "the big daddy 1000SW -- with WiFi, Bluetooth and 3G data connectivity" is priced at $849.Last fall, on 9/22/09, The New York Times reported here:
... iRex Technologies, a spinoff of Royal Philips Electronics that already makes one of Europe’s best-known e-readers, plans to announce that it is entering the United States market with a $399 touch-screen e-reader.And now we learn that iRex has filed for bankruptcy. A reminder that every new technology does not necessarily succeed.
Owners of the new iRex DR800SG will be able to buy digital books and newspapers wirelessly over the 3G network of Verizon, which is joining AT&T and Sprint in supporting such devices. And by next month, the iRex will be sold at a few hundred Best Buy stores, along with the Sony Reader and similar products.
Read the SlashGear article about the bankruptcy here.