By >Akihabara News Team
Sony eReader to be released in Asia/Pacific, further availability in Europe
Currently only available in 8 countries including the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Netherlands, Austria and Switzerland (and yes, not in Japan), Sony’s eReader the “Reader Digital Book” will be available this year in Japan (finally), China, and Australia as well as Spain and Italy.
As part of the plan, Sony also announced its plans to provide local-language content in the Sony’s Reader Store in the new countries.
Sony anticipates strong global demand for eReaders and eBooks in 2010, specifically within Asian markets. According to analyst firm Nomura Holdings Inc., Asia represents one of the fastest growing eBook and eReader markets, with Japanese eBook sales topping $500 million in 2009. Additionally, analyst firm DisplaySearch is predicting that China will become the world’s largest eReader market by 2015.
Sony will announce general availability, local pricing and pre-order dates for the Reader in Japan, China, Australia, Spain and Italy at a later date.