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iRex files for bankruptcy following lackluster sales

updated 08:55 pm EDT, Wed June 9, 2010

Fate of products uncertain

iRex Technologies has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection following poor sales of its DR800 e-book reader. The Netherlands-based company, known for developing electronic paper technology, has blamed its financial woes on delays during the FCC approval process.

CEO Hans Brons suggests the DR800 launch was held up by the FCC and missed the critical window to be placed on shelves for the holiday shopping season. The delay is said to be a direct cause of the current strife.

"It's not a hopeless situation, but there is no cash and the banks are cautious at this time," says Brons.

The company had secured deals with several US retailers to distribute its touchscreen e-book readers. The DR300SG was headed for Barnes & Noble bookstores and Best Buy. The fate of iRex's devices remains unclear. [via Mobile Read and eReaders.nl]




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  1. daqman

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Not surprised

    iRex followed the same pattern started by the company that they spun off from (Philips). They produced a few products but with each new product effectively ditched the people who adopted the earlier product and did not deliver on any of their promises. I bought an iRex Iliad but as soon as the Iliad's successor was released all bug fixes and OS updates for the Iliad effectively stopped. The device had a Wi-Fi interface but there was NOTHING that you could use it for!

    This echoes the last Philips device, a handheld called the Nino, that was a competitor to the Palm Pilots but had some interesting features. Just after I bought it the Nino was discontinued and the reaction of the manufacturer was almost to deny that the product ever existed. I couldn't even buy a spare battery or a charger!

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