Sharp is scaling back its laptop PC operations and will focus resources on its recently announced Galapagos tablet PC and mobile terminals, PC World reports. The move comes as Sharp looks to change its business model from one of just selling hardware to offering devices with companion content services. “Our intention is to shift from just selling the product to expand to the business model of contents services business in addition to eBook product sales,” said Miyuki Nakayama, a Sharp spokeswoman. The December launch of the Galapagos tablet will be Sharp’s first test of this new model. The Android-based device, which comes in 5.5-inch and 10-inch screen models, will launch with a domestic eBook and eNewspaper store that will feature about 30,000 titles. Sharp plans to later expand the content to include music, video and add other eCommerce services. Sharp is already in talks with Verizon Wireless on a U.S. launch, but precise plans for markets outside of Japan are yet to be announced…

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