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Tuesday, 28th September 2010
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Sharp plans Japanese e-reader device

Sharp has announced it plans to launch a new e-book service and device to compete with the Apple iPad and Sony Reader.

The Sharp Galapagos was unveiled at a special launch event in Tokyo and will hit Japanese stores in December – just in time for the festive period.

Initially, the device will be able to access around 30,000 books, newspapers and magazines but this will be gradually expanded. Traditionally Japanese publishers have resisted the introduction of ebooks but the popularity of the format is steadily growing.

Sharp is expecting to sell one million of the units, which come installed with Google Android and are available with either a 5.5 inch or 10.8 inch screen.

If the Galapagos proves a success in Japan it could be eventually launched in other countries such as the US, according to Masami Obatake, director in charge of Sharp's communications business, reports Reuters.

Sharp was founded in 1912 and has developed into one of the world's leading technology providers.

Written by Kimberley Homer

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