Published on May 28th,2010 at 5:03 PM
By >Akihabara News Team

Sony eReader to be released in Asia/Pacific, further availability in Europe

Sony Reader Digital

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.

SAN DIEGO – May 27, 2010 Sony today announced it is preparing to make its Reader digital book available in several new markets. Plans include availability in new Asia/Pacific markets this year, including Japan, China and Australia, as well as further European expansion to encompass countries such as Italy and Spain. In each country Sony intends to leverage its relationships with local retailers, publishers and distributors to introduce the Reader along with a host of local content to help ensure the best possible reading experience.

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.

Via Sony
Category E-book
              
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