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iRex Files for Bankruptcy

June 11, 2010

iRex reader

The maker of the first e-book reader I experimented with, iRex Technologies (a Philips’ spin-off) has filed for bankruptcy.

The iRex 1000 e-book reader, the model we acquired more than a year ago is a 10.2-inch monochrome e-ink display but the most expensive of all at that time. Several months ago, our tech guru James and I did some analysis comparing the existing devices and this one scored the highest. The larger size display is made for PDF (very suitable for the archived journal content) and Word document viewing. The touch-screen interface allows mark up on documents with a stylus, making the display look and feel even more like a pad of paper. Obviously the company has trouble picking up next-generation technologies that the manufacturers of the competing devices, iPad (Apple), Kindle (Amazon), Sony Reader (Sony), are quick in adopting.

Lesson (re)learned: Big ships can easily sink small ships.

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