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May 30, 2003

E-dictionaries Show Steady Growth

The Japanese market for electronic dictionaries grew by 15% last year to over ¥41 billion. One of the latest, Sony's DD-IC500S measures 7.2x10x1.39cm, about the size of a box of business cards, and sells for ¥25,000. With the battery included, and despite the weighty 21 dictionaries it comes with, the device weighs a mere 109 grams. The main English dictionary is the Oxford Advanced Learner's. There is also a feature that presents the closest English words based on katakana pronunciation as well as dictionaries of computer terms, travel English and a "Japan Q&A".

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