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Amazon Opens Kindle Store in Germany

April 21, 2011

Amazon Opens Kindle Store in Germany

By Jamie Epstein
TMCnet Web Editor

Amazon has just let the world in a little secret that is sure to excite German citizens: the German branch of Amazon has just opened the doors to its own Kindle store. This store is will contain more than 650,000 ebooks that people who own Kindle ereaders and apps in Germany can download.

This huge collection of ebooks boasts 25,000 books that are German-language titles and 71 out of  the 100 Spiegel bestsellers, which just happens to be Germany's equivalent of The New York Times' bestsellers list.

According to Amazon, this record setting amount of ebooks will make this the biggest ebookstore in Germany.

Subscriptions to a number of well-established newspapers and magazines, including Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Handelsblatt and Die Zeit, are also available.

This newly opened ebook store is the third market where Amazon has opened a Kindle Store.

First was in the U.S. and shortly after that there was one in the UK. Amazon has been selling print books in Germany for 12 years.

TMCnet reported that in January, Google (News - Alert) launched its own internet book store to try to compete with Amazon. This book store opened with an astounding library of 15 million printed books. Around 4,000 publishers, including CBS's Simon & Schuster, Random House and Pearson's Penguin Group, gave Google permission to carry most of their recently released books in the new store.

The advantage to this ebook store compared to the Kindle ebook store is that books purchased from Google's store can be read on any machine with a connected Web browser. There are even free applications that can be installed on Apple's iPad and iPhone, as well as other devices that are powered by Android (News - Alert). However, Google's eBooks can't be loaded on to the Kindle.

Whatever you choose to read your ebooks on is your own preference, what’s important is that everyone gets out there and takes the time to read!

Jamie Epstein is a TMCnet Web Editor. Previously she interned at News 12 Long Island as a reporter's assistant. After working as an administrative assistant for a year, she joined TMC (News - Alert) as a Web editor for TMCnet. Jamie grew up on the North Shore of Long Island and holds a bachelor's degree in mass communication with a concentration in broadcasting from Five Towns College. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves

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