Sharp to launch e-book device

On Tuesday, Japan's Sharp Corporation announced it would enter the e-book market, joining major competitors Apple and Amazon.

On Tuesday, Japan's Sharp Corporation announced it would enter the e-book market, joining major competitors Apple and Amazon.

The company plans to offer an e-book distribution service and launch compatible reader devices that will allow users to watch video and listen to audio content.

The immense popularity of Apple's iPad ignited growth in the e-reader and e-book markets. In Japan, companies such as Sony and mobile phone operator KCCI Corp are collaborating to distribute e-books and attempting to break down resistance from publishers to digital content.

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

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