Sharp Corporation and Culture Convenience Club Co., Ltd. Recently signed a basic agreement to collaborate on content service business, which among other things, includes the establishment of a joint venture company for the E-store offering entertainment content. According to the agreement, the two firms are scheduled to commence works on the new establishment for the e-book reader “GALAPAGOS” from this December.
Among the many services to be provided through the E-store, it will start by providing e-book content, including newspapers, magazines and comic books, with the industry-leading book sales expertise of TSUTAYA book stores franchised by Culture Convenience Club. Plans are also in the offing to expand the number of entertainment contents to video, audio and game software in the future in a bid to provide the largest number of e-contents available in Japan.
The agreement further reveals that the E-store will offer a multi-entertainment service integrating multiple contents, using Sharp’s “GALAPAGOS” e-book readers and service platform technology. Through this, users can enjoy two contents simultaneously. While reading the sports magazines, the related video content can be searched and viewed from the E-store. The E-store will offer E-store members “T-point service”, and “T-login ID”, both managed and operated by Culture Convenience Club.