Amazon Launches Spanish-Language Kindle Store
By Angela Moscaritolo
April 5, 2012 12:45pm EST
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Kindle Store in Spanish
Good news for Spanish-speaking e-bookworms — Amazon on Thursday launched a new Kindle ebook store just for you.
The store, “eBooks Kindle en Español” was designed for U.S. Spanish-speaking users and currently includes more than 30,000 titles. Among the titles available in the store are Spanish-language bestsellers “El Alquimista” by Paulo Coelho, “Cien años de soledad” by Gabriel García Márquez and “Juegos del Hambre” by Suzanne Collins. Along with the new book store, Spanish-speaking readers now have access to extensive help pages, along with phone and email customer support in Spanish.
“We’re excited to introduce Spanish language storefronts on all Kindles, as well as a dedicated store for our Spanish-speaking customers in the U.S.,” said Russ Grandinetti, vice president of Kindle Content, said in a statement.
U.S. users can set their Kindle store to Spanish on any Kindle device. To do so, simply change your language to Spanish under Store Language Preference in Manage Your Kindle.
In the new Spanish Kindle store, users will also be able to find exclusive nonfiction work, such as “El Libro de los Manuales,” from Brazilian author Paulo Coelho, the best-selling Spanish-language author on Amazon.com. The store also includes books from Nobel Prize winners Gabriel García Márquez, Camilo Jose Cela and Mario Vargas Llosa, popular titles from best-selling authors such as Julia Navarro, Carlos Ruiz Zafón and Isabel Allende and more than a thousand free Spanish titles.
“Humankind needs stories the way it needs oxygen and the impact of ebooks is formidable and is transforming the entire book industry, as well as readers,” internationally best-selling author Isabel Allende, said in a statement.
People are increasingly reading ebooks, but printed books still dominate, according to a survey released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center. The survey of 2,986 Americans ages 16 and older, released Wednesday, found that 21 percent of Americans have read an eBook in the past year, up from 17 percent last year.
Moreover, the increasing availability of e-content is causing some people to read more than they had in the past, the survey found. But while nearly 30 percent of American adults currently own an ebook reader, the majority of those who don’t have one are not interested in buying one.
Editor’s Note: This story was updated to note that the store has 30,000 e-books, not 3,000.
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