Kindle from Amazon will now support content in five Indian languages which include Hindi, Malayalam, and Gujarati. This ebook reader will give its users the access to read free Kindle apps for Android as well as iOS. Kindle has been supporting languages like English, Chinese, French, German and Japanese. According to few reports the print book market in India is estimated to worth around $4 Billion (approx Rs. 27,340 crores) and India ranks third in English language publishing after the US and the UK.
There has been loads of content in English available online but very few in regional languages. There have been many initiatives from Google to supply regional content in the digital world and increase its users.
We are adding thousands of digital books in Hindi, Tamil, Marathi, Gujarati and Malayalam, including the largest digital selection of best sellers, hundreds of exclusive titles and free classics to the Kindle Book Store,” Amazon Kindle Director (Content) Sanjeev Jha told PTI.
“Subscribers of Kindle Unlimited will also have access to the Indian language content. The new language selection is in addition to over three million books that are already available in the Kindle Book Store,” he said.
Amazon will make available bestseller titles like Ishq Mein Shahar Hona by Ravish Kumar (Hindi), Rajaraja Chozhan by Sa Na Kannan (Tamil), Mrutyunjay by Shivaji Sawant (Marathi), Ek Bija Ne Gamta Rahiye by Kaajal Oza Vaidya (Gujarati) and Aarachar by K R Meera (Malayalam). Moreover, for the first time, Banaras Talkies by Satya Vyas, Ki.Mu.Ki.Pi by Madhanand, Draupadi by Kaajal Oza Vaidya and titles like Mayapuri by Shivani will also be available in digital format for the users.
While Amazon does not share country specific growth numbers, Jha said India is among its fastest growing markets globally for Kindle.”We are bringing features like font size adjustment, ability to add notes and highlights, and automatic save and sync of your furthest page read across all your devices,” he said.
In just three years we have built India’s largest online store that customers can trust to find, discover and buy anything online. Our acquisition of Westland continues our commitment to India — enabling Amazon to bring Westland’s highly talented authors and their books to even more customers in India and around the world,” “Since investing in Westland earlier this year, we have built a great relationship with the company and its authors. With this acquisition, we are very excited to take our relationship with Westland to the next level.
We have got reports about Amazon working on a speaker with a 7-inch touchscreen display which will come with the company’s own virtual assistant Alexa. The device will be announced by the first quarter of 2017 and is expected to deliver better sound quality than the Eco. So, do you use Amazon ebook reader? How excited are you with the regional language content? Comment in the section below and stay tuned to Phoneradar for more.