On Tuesday, E-commerce giant Amazon announced that the authors can now self-publish their eBooks in Hindi, Tamil, Marathi, Gujarati, and Malayalam to customers in India and across the world.
KDP is Amazon’s eBook publishing unit, that allows authors free service to reach out to a fast-market, monitor and control the copyrights for their books as well as also set their own prices. The authors are entitled to earning a royalty of up to 70 per cent on the sale of their eBooks through Kindle Direct Publishing.
With such a wide range and outreach of the e-commerce leader, Amazon, Kindle is planning to make deeper inroads into the Indian market as well as Readers of Indian Languages abroad. The flexibility given to authors to self-publish their eBooks in Hindi, Tamil, Marathi, Gujarati and Malayalam will only add to a wider reader base.
The company in their official statement quoted to IANS,
“We launched Indian language eBooks in 2016 and with the addition of more languages to KDP we will offer readers a wider selection of titles,” said Sanjeev Jha, Director of Kindle Content in India.
The Kindle Direct Publishing was launched by Amazon more than a decade ago, in November 2007 and the said service has already been available for English authors in India since 2012.
Amazon has added Indian languages to “Kindle Unlimited” in 2015. Through this service subscription, a reader has the opportunity to choose from over one million Kindle eBooks, and the plans start from just Rs. 150 per month.
The Kindle Unlimited subscription service allows customers to “borrow” books from the Kindle library which they can read and return, up to 10 at a time. Readers who sign up for this service, will get access to massive library of books and reading material on their Kindle e-readers and Kindle apps for smartphones and tablets.
Readers should not mix up Prime Reading along with Kindle Unlimited. Kindle Unlimited was launched in India back in 2015 and is priced at Rs 150 per month, the same as the monthly Prime Membership. However, with Prime, users get access to faster delivery of goods purchased on Amazon and access to Amazon Prime Videos, Prime Music.
Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing aims to place itself under every night or bedside lamp. Thus inclusion of more and more regional languages only enables them to achieve and outdo their own records.
In June 2018, as reported by Neowin, Amazon had announced launching the Arabic language books across the Kindle ecosystem. They had already compiled a selection of around 12,000 Arabic books which includes titles such as Al Aswad Yaliko Biki and Harbo Alkalbi, and works by popular authors such as Naguib Mahfouz and Nizar Qabani.
Discussing the launch of Arabic language books on the platform, David Naggar, VP of Kindle, the said:
“We are excited to make Arabic language Kindle books available to the hundreds of millions of Arabic speakers around the world. This is another step in our ongoing work to provide more choice and selection to readers.”
In December 2016, Kindle had first launched e-books in five Indian languages, namely, Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi, Tamil and Malalayam.
Readers have access to all these books on their Kindle e-readers and Kindle iOS & Android apps as well.
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