Sharp Galapagos e-readers clear the FCC

Several months ago Sharp announced a pair of ereaders (5.5" and 10.8") that they were going to use to support their own funky enhanced ebook format. (It's not Epub so yes it's funky.) Both models showed up on the FCC website today.

The paperwork was actually filed back in November, and some of the data (like the external photos) was only just released. It doesn't tell us anything new, though.  The only external photo appears to match the early pictures of the 10.8" model that were handed out to the press all those months ago.

I wonder what they're going to do about format support. I know that XMDF is fairly common in Japan but no one uses it in the US. Good luck with trying to get companies to distribute in yet another format.

Update: Scott pointed me at a PC Magazine article from a few days ago. I was right about the format; The US version will support Epub, not XMDF.


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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader:"I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

2 Comments on Sharp Galapagos e-readers clear the FCC

  1.,2817,2374912,00.asp – They are releasing this thing in the US with ePub support, not XMDF.

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