We like a bit of ambition around these parts and Sharp's plans for entering the US e-reader battlefield reek of the stuff. The Galapagos tablets
that recently enjoyed their Japanese debut
are going to be retooled, according to the Mainichi Daily News
, to include new 3G radios for the internet-addicted US consumer, while the primary content format will also be switched from the proprietary XMDF
in Japan to the almost universally compatible EPUB. Content partnerships are said to be brewing as we type, because, quite naturally, Sharp intends to have its own e-bookstore for Americans as well. After the Yanks, the company's said to be looking into bringing its 5.5- and 10.8-inch tablets to China, India, and Brazil. Highly ambitious indeed.