Sharp says that they plan to enter the e-reader and e-book market. Their plan is to offer an e-book distribution service and compatible readers in 2010. The readers will also enable users to watch videos and listen to audio. They have already signed up several Japanese and worldwide publishers.
Courtesy of the Kboards, a worrying item about struggling e-book sites and their ability to monetize engagement with Amazon - or not - has...
REVIEWS: E-Book & AUDIO BOOKS
SELF PUBLISHING: TECH & BIZ TIPS
TeleRead.com is now a static archival site, but we're very much alive at TeleRead.org. Big thanks to Nate Hoffelder of The-Digital-Reader.com, who teamed up on the preservation project with ReclaimHosting.com.
Maybe this will motivate Amazon/BN to move more quickly to address the rest of world. It’s hard to see how a me-too new entrant could have success in the US but maybe they’ll set a price point that will change the market.
I wouldn’t count on this leading to anything of consequence.
They are LCD-based and will depend on a proprietary ebook format that Sharp has been developing “since 2009”. They are lining up publishers for their proprietary book store, too.
Dunno but I’m thinking they’re running about 4 years late with this approach. They’re gonna get slaughtered by the Android webpads.