Tablets are still a trend at this year’s CES, with Sharp jumping on the bandwagon and announcing its first entry to the U.S. tablet market – Galapagos – as well as announcing several gigantic 70-inch LED display. The Galapagos tablet – which was announced last year in Japan -will be partnered not only with an ebook store, but will also ultimately work with Sharp’s web-connected HDTVs.
Sharp has announced two Android-powered tablet devices with built-in Wi-Fi to go along with a new e-bookstore. The company has chosen the name “Galapagos” for its range of tablet devices, which will include the 5.5-inch “mobile type” and the 10.8-inch “home type” models at launch, and vie for a piece of the e-reader pie (yes, you read that right). Sharp wants to ensure that Galapagos is viewed as an e-reading device that can also perform most of the functions associated with tablets, and not the other way around.
Users will be able to download e-books through an e-bookstore also named Galapagos. Both the e-readers and the e-bookstore will be available in December this year. Sharp expects to offer “approx. 30,000 newspapers, magazines, and books” at the time of launch.
“This new e-bookstore provides an “Automatic Scheduled Delivery Service” (fee-based service) for periodical publications. The most recent editions of newspapers and magazines a user has subscribed to can be delivered and read by the user’s e-book readers. In addition, free trial versions of recommended e-book content can also be delivered to the e-book reader, letting users immediately purchase content of their favor,” the company said in a release.