Sharp to enter the ereader market

Japan's Sharp Corp said on Tuesday that it would enter the electronic reader and book markets by the end of this year, reports Reuters.

Sharp plans to offer an e-book distribution service and launch compatible reader devices this year that will also allow users to watch video and listen to audio content. It said it had the backing of various publishers in Japan and overseas.

In Japan, companies like Sony and mobile phone operator KDDI Corp are teaming up to distribute e-books, seeking to break down resistance from publishers to digital content.

Google Inc also said this month it plans to launch an e-book service in Japan early next year. --------

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