iRex prepping small touchscreen 3G reader for U.S.

Well, if rumors are to be believed, iRex is preparing to release a brand new e-reader that is much smaller in size than the Digital Reader 1000, which has a 8.1-inch display and would feature 3G.

The new reader would also have a touchscreen and would be used in conjunction with likely just one store for obtaining e-book purchases. The rumored name for this gadget is the Digital Reader 800 and it would be the first time an iRex device landed stateside.

Shipping is anticipated near the holiday season though pricing is not yet known. The participating carrier is not yet known, either, thought AT&T is definitely out as they've just signed up with Plastic Logic for their 2010 3G-based e-book reader.