The reach of Amazon’s Kindle reader in Europe is set to expand this month, following the company’s announcement of a French-language Kindle device and Kindle Store — which Amazon claims is the largest digital book store in France.
There are 825,000 titles on offer, 35,000 of which will be French-language titles. All 28 L’Express best sellers also feature. Authors who would like to publish their titles to the Kindle Store can use the Kindle Direct Publishing Service, which is also now available in France. Amazon offers authors a 70% royalty option for books sold through the French store, and authors can choose to have their payments made in euros, pounds, or U.S. dollars.
Greg Geeley, vice president of Amazon European Retail, said that he believes French customers will love the reading experience on the Kindle:
“French customers are passionate about books and reading, and just as we’ve seen in the US, UK and Germany, we believe they will love reading on Kindle. We are excited to bring our first French-language Kindle and our new Kindle store to millions of Amazon.fr customers.
“Kindle is already the best-selling e-reader in the world. We kept everything readers love about Kindle—the electronic ink display that reads like real paper, with no glare, even in bright daylight, the convenience of downloading books in less than 60 seconds and Kindle’s ability to disappear in your hands so you can get lost in the author’s words—and made it lighter, smaller, faster, and more affordable than ever.”
The French-language store is open from today, but you won’t be able to get your hands on the French-language Kindle device until October 14. You can, however, pre-order the device from today via Amazon.fr.
Unfortunately, only Amazon’s entry-level Kindle device is currently available at €99. Just like the other markets outside of the U.S., there’s no sign of the new Kindle Touch or Kindle Fire tablet yet.
Are you excited about the Kindle’s European expansion?
[via The Next Web]