With the launch of the Amazon.fr Kindle store to offer Amazon ebooks to French customers, the Kindle Direct Publishing platform also opened in France. While not all international Amazon sites maintain an electronic publishing capability, more and more indie author opportunities are opening up worldwide, especially throughout Europe.
This location marks the fourth platform for authors to take advantage of when publishing their own ebooks, as Amazon already supports Kindle Direct Publishing in the U.S., UK, and Germany. Now, authors will have another market at their disposal that still utilizes not only the 70/30 royalty share, but also still enables readers to find content via Kindle, Amazon Cloud, and the free Kindle apps for a variety of devices.
“Authors and publishers can now reach more readers by using Kindle Direct Publishing to make their books available to French customers in the new Amazon.fr Kindle Store, as well as customers all over the world,” said Greg Greeley, vice president, European Retail in a press release issued today. “Authors in many countries have already seen tremendous success with KDP, like American author John Locke who has sold more than 1 million Kindle books using KDP, and we’re happy to bring the program to French authors and publishers.”
While the UK store may have been the broadest international market for indie authors wishing to self-publish, the Amazon.de German KDP site opened up Amazon’s first foreign-language specific self-publishing opportunity. Amazon.fr is intended to reach customers in France, Belgium, Monaco, Switzerland, and Luxembourg in order to provide them with Amazon content.
One often overlooked concept in indie publishing is the popularity of foreign-language content, both to English-speakers and non-English speakers alike. Authors in any of the countries supported by a Kindle Direct Publishing platform can take advantage of the smaller catalog of content for foreign language titles. While a resident in France may be pining for German-language ebooks, a U.S. resident may be searching for indie French-language ebooks. As location is not limiting to the writer, indie authors can sell their digital content via any and all of the Amazon Kindle Stores.
[showhide type=’pressrelease’]Kindle Direct Publishing Now Enables Authors and Publishers to Independently Publish Their Books in the Amazon.fr Kindle Store
Authors and publishers can now earn up to 70% royalty on sales to Kindle customers in France
LUXEMBOURG, October 7, 2011—(NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon.fr today announced that authors and publishers worldwide are now able to make their books available in the Amazon.fr Kindle Store (www.amazon.fr/kindle) using Kindle Direct Publishing (http://kdp.amazon.fr). Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) is a fast, free and easy way for authors and publishers to make their books available to Kindle customers worldwide via Kindle, on the web with Kindle Cloud Reader and on free Kindle reading apps for Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Windows Phone, PC and Mac.
Authors and publishers can utilize the new KDP website to make their books available in France, Germany, the UK, US and more than 100 countries worldwide, while continuing to own the rights to their books. The popular KDP 70% royalty option is also now available for books sold in France, and people can receive their payment in Euros, British pounds or US dollars. For more information and program terms, please visit http://kdp.amazon.fr.
“Authors and publishers can now reach more readers by using Kindle Direct Publishing to make their books available to French customers in the new Amazon.fr Kindle Store, as well as customers all over the world,” said Greg Greeley, vice president, European Retail. “Authors in many countries have already seen tremendous success with KDP, like American author John Locke who has sold more than 1 million Kindle books using KDP, and we’re happy to bring the program to French authors and publishers.”
The Amazon.fr Kindle Store, which also launched today, serves customers in France, Belgium, Monaco, Luxembourg and Switzerland. The French Kindle Store offers customers a vast selection of over 35,000 French-language Kindle books, all 28 L’Express best sellers available in digital—the most in France—hundreds of popular graphic novels and over 4,000 free classics in French.
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