Sharp is planning to launch Galapagos content service and Device in US e-Reader Market in 2011. Sharp had launched its Galapagos media tablets in Japan recently. The company had also launched its Galapagos content service there. The company is looking to secure book publishers and content providers, and content will be provided in the EPUB file format. It is XMDF format in Japan.
Content partnerships are said to be prepare as we type, because, quite naturally, Sharp intends to have its own e-bookstore for Americans as well.
Galapagos eReaders that are sold in Japan are WiFi only. But those that will be launched in the US will be equipped with 3G. The 5.5 inch eReader also features a TFT LED display, runs Android, and comes with 8GB of storage via a microSDHC card.
The company is also looking into introduce its 5.5 inch and 10.8 inch tablets to China, India, and Brazil, right after the US launch.