The txtr reader is dead

I’ve just gotten this juicy piece of gossip from an former txtr employee. The 6″ txtr reader, which was supposed to have launched at the Frankfurt Book Fair this year, has been quietly abandoned by the company.

Note that I’m calling it gossip because I don’t have confirmation yet, but it does fit with mutterings I’ve heard elsewhere. And the txtr reader did drop from sight in mid September, so this rumor is plausible.

Txtr (the company) are actually not doing all that well; they’re also losing a lot of customers to Bluefire. I’ve heard from my contact with Bluefire, Micah, that Bluefire have so many ebookstores who want to hire Bluefire to make an app that he can’t even respond to all the emails.

And if you’re wondering how a 50+ person company is being beaten by a 6 person team then I suggest you download both apps on to your iPhone. Try them and ask yourself which one is better.

Here’s a video of what the txtr reader looked like before it died:

Nate Hoffelder

View posts by Nate Hoffelder
Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. 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.


  1. […] txtr device has been abandoned by parent company Txtr. According to an ex-employee speaking to The Digital Reader, the txtr – which was due to be launched earlier in the year, considerably later than […]

  2. Mike Cane3 December, 2010

    La-de-da. Another one bites the dust. Next!

  3. Thomas Knip5 December, 2010

    “All fled, all done, so lift it on the pyres – the hype is over, and the txtr expires”

    (based on Robert E. Howard)

  4. […] hat sich txtr freilich noch nicht von seiner Hardware. Im vergangenen Monat kursierende Meldungen um ein endgültiges Aus des txtr Reader verwies Unternehmenssprecher Fabian Heinrich ins Reich der […]

  5. […] the wake of the death of the txtr reader, Txtr the company have redisgned and relaunched their website. They’re focused now on the […]

  6. […] I hope you recognize it. That used to be known as the txtr Reader. Yep, it’s the one that I reported dead back in December. […]

  7. […] made something great for 100% less paper, resurrecting Txtr ebook reader — from an almost dead project — into a catchy gadget, easy to use, most portable and at affordable price. Beagle is the […]


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Scroll to top