Amazon just announced that the Kindle DTP program had been expanded to include books in Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese.
That means authors and publishers can upload books in any of these languages and sell them worldwide through the Kindle Store.
It’s really great news and means that the Kindle Store now supports books in 6 languages - English, Spanish, German, French, Portuguese, and Italian.
The Press Release
Amazon talk about how they opened up DTP to international authors a month ago and it certainly seems they’ll continue to expand Kindle DTP.
Russ Grandinetti, a VP at Amazon, provides the following comment -
“A month ago we made the self-service Kindle Digital Text Platform available to authors and publishers around the world,” said Russ Grandinetti, Vice President, Kindle Content.
“We’re now excited to offer even more languages in which content owners can offer their books to the fast-growing audience of Kindle owners around the globe.”
What does the addition of more languages mean?
A lot of things -
- It increases the number of people who would be interested in a Kindle.
- It lets authors reach people who read in a language other than English.
- It lets authors reach these people all over the world.
- It gives Amazon a bargaining tool when trying to sign up international authors and publishers.
- It means Amazon will gradually expand to support all languages that the Kindle is capable of supporting.
- It gives Amazon even more books than competitors and a competitive edge.
- It’s a big competitive advantage with people who speak multiple languages.
- Kindle reaches a lot more people in Europe, South America, etc.
There are often comments asking about where to find books for the Kindle in Spanish and French and so forth. Now both independent authors and Publishers can reach these customers and more.
It’s good to see the Kindle Store continue to expand at a torrid pace.