Kindlebucher! Amazon Kindlizes Germany

Kindlebucher! Amazon Kindlizes Germany

First, you got Kindles online at Amazon.com.

Then, they added Amazon.co.uk.

Now, in yesterday’s

Press Release

Amazon adds Amazon.de (Germany…the “de” is for Deutschland).

Now, it may seem odd to do different country sites, in this era of global markets.

However, the government laws and regulations haven’t caught up with the marketplace yet.  That’s not really surprising…although companies can’t always change directions quickly and surely, the market can.  Countries move slowly…many countries have governmental systems that are specifically designed to slow down action, so the rash and irrevocable is more difficult.

I’ve already seen joy expressed by customers in Germany (and other countries directly affected by this announcement: Austria, Liechtenstein
Luxembourg, and Switzerland).

Why does it matter where you get it?

Well, for one thing there may be import costs…significant, in some cases.

For another, there may be companies with e-book rights for Germany that don’t have them for the US. 

Does it make a difference for books in the German language? 

Kinda sorta.  🙂

Germany had about 640,000 books available to them from Amazon.com about a week ago.

The store is starting with 690.738 (that’s how they punctuate it).

According to the press release, though, only about 25,000 of those are in German.

This, by the way, does explain that batch of free German public domain titles we got recently.  🙂

Another advantage is that the site is in German:

http://www.amazon.de/kindlebucher

None of that particularly affects you if you are, say, an American Kindleer…but this next one does.

Amazon also announced in this separate

Press Release

that independent publishers can publish to the Amazon.de Kindle store…and get the 70% option (if they meet the guidelines for that).

They can also now be paid in US dollars, UK pounds, or Euros.  I don’t know if you can select Euros if you live in the US, though.

Adding options for independent publishers adds books to all the stores, most likely.  The 70% option, at least the way it has been, requires you to publish in all territories for which you have the rights.

Germany, by the way, has a really rich publishing history…and not just Johannes Gutenberg.  🙂  Holtzbrinck, for example, owns Macmillan, one of the US’s Big Six publishers. 

If this is affecting you personally (probably because you live in one of those countries), I’d love to get comments from you.

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.

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