Just when you think the eReader market couldn’t get any more crowded, next month consumers in the U.S. will have yet another dedicated eBook device to choose from. This one, however, has a little more juice going for it. Reports The New York Times:
On Wednesday, 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.
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.
The iRex comes with an 8.1 touch screen, a significant advantage over current Kindle models. It will come preloaded with links to Barnes & Noble’s eBookstore. iRex owners will also be able to buy books in ePub format.