E-Reader Deathwatch: WePad is Running Out of Lives

In News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary

Once viewed as a viable alternative to Apple’s iPad, the troubled WeTab (formerly known as the WePad) may now be on the last of its nine lives. The creator of the WeTab, Neofonie, announced this past weekend that co-founder and managing director Helmut Hoffer von Ankershoffen has resigned from the company after he posted a series of fake positive reviews of the device on Amazon under various pseudonyms. This was ultimately uncovered by a blogger.

According to Buchreport, the resignation will take immediate effect and Thomas Kitlitschko, who has served as co-managing director of the company, will now take over sole control.

From release delays to the name change to the Amazon debacle, the WeTab has been plagued with trouble since it was first announced in April 2010.

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Siobhan O'Leary

Siobhan O’Leary is a literary agent, translator and writer based in Berlin. She previously worked in the Foreign Rights department of the Crown Publishing Group (Random House) and at the publishing consulting firm Market Partners International.