David Rothman over at TeleRead has just confirmed
that the iRex e-book reader will be shipping in the U.S. in the Spring of 2006 as expected.
His source is from a post by an iRex contact known by him, so it looks like it's for real. The confusion about ship date was due to a U.S. News & World Report
article that made it sound like it was going to be a 2007 ship date. But apparently it was "a misunderstanding from the way the article is written." That may mean the reporter just got it wrong, or maybe the 2007 date does refer to something relevant, but different.
Either way, it's March 2006 already, so we'll know soon!