Amazon is focusing on India and has populated their Kindle bookstore with thousands of e-books in five regional languages. Users can now purchase bestsellers and download free samples in Hindi, Tamil, Marathi, Gujarati and Malayalam.
“We are excited to offer readers the largest digital selection of best sellers in five Indian languages. All you need is an Android or iOS device, or a Kindle eReader to get started. This is another step in our ongoing work to provide more choice and selection to Indian readers,” said Rajiv Mehta, Kindle India Country Manager.
Here are some of the book titles for these languages that have been added to the Kindle Book Store, “Ishq Mein Shahar Hona” by Ravish Kumar and “Theek Tumhare Peechhe” by Manav Kaul (Hindi), “Rajaraja Chozhan” by Sa. Na. Kannan, and “Vantharkal Ventrarkal” by Madhan (Tamil), “Mrutyunjay” by Shivaji Sawant and“Yayati” by Vishnu Sakharam Khandekar (Marathi), “Ek Bija Ne Gamta Rahiye” by Kaajal Oza Vaidya and “Bhagvan Ni Tapal” by Gunvant Shah (Gujarati), “Aarachar” by K R Meera and “Ente Katha” by Madhavakutty/Kamala Das (Malayalam).
The selection of books also include translations of globally popular titles like “The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne, “The Monk who sold his Ferrari” by Robin Sharma and contemporary best sellers like “The Secret of Nagas” by Amish Tripathi. Free classics like “Godan” by Munshi Premchand, “Parthiban Kanavu” by Kalki Krishnamurthy, “Deshbandhu Das” by Sane Guruji, “Thag” by Ramanlal Vasantlal Desai and “Chandalabhikshuki” by N. Kumaran Asan are also available.
Amazon has also added hundreds of e-books in these five languages to their Kindle Unlimited platform, giving international users a chance to read in their native tongue, no matter where they live.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.