Amazon recently announced that it launched Kindle stores in Italy and Spain on December 1, 2011.
Amazon's Italian Kindle Store offers customers "the largest selection of Italian-language titles in digital with over 16,000 Italian-language Kindle books, a wide array of best sellers and hundreds of free Italian classics." Diego Piacentini, a senior vice president at Amazon.com, said that, "Italian customers are passionate about books and reading and we believe they will love reading great Italian books like Roberto Saviano's 'Gomorra,' Tiziano Terzani's 'Un indovino mi disse' and current best sellers like the new Steve Jobs biography on Kindle." Italy's Kindle Store will offer ebooks from best-selling authors such as Umberto Eco, Susanna Tamaro, Erri De Luca and Marcello Simoni, as well as independent authors and publishers who use Amazon's own Kindle Direct Publishing.
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Gordon Willoughby, Director of EU Kindle, said that, "We are excited to introduce the new Spanish Kindle Store which features the most best sellers in Spain, the leading selection of titles in Catalan, Basque and Galician and also includes unique and exclusive titles from Rosa Montero." Amazon's Spanish Kindle Store offers customers "a vast selection of over 22,000 Spanish-language Kindle books, including 20 of the Top 30 El Cultural fiction and non-fiction best sellers, and over a thousand free classics in Spanish."
The ebooks will cover "a wide range of categories including popular titles from best-selling authors such as Mario Vargas Llosa, Julia Navarro and Carlos Ruiz Zafón, as well as short form content from El País and La Vanguardia, uniquely available on Kindle. In addition, the store will launch with three exclusive self-published books from award-winning author and journalist Rosa Montero, using Kindle Direct Publishing."
Both of the new Kindle stores include almost a million ebooks, including ebooks from independent authors who've published through Kindle Direct Publishing and chose to make their ebooks available worldwide. In fact, I can't wait to tell a coaching client, who published her first ebook in September, that her book is now available in Spain and Italy. I looked in both stores and the book was there. What fun!
I've said it before, and I'll say it again...