Amazon Launches Italian & Spanish Kindle Stores

Amazon has introduced its first Spanish-language and Italian-language Kindles. In addition, the company has opened its Kindle Store in Italy and Spain.

The news illustrates Amazon’s further push into the digital book market in Europe. In April, Amazon launched the Kindle Store in Germany and in October a version launched in France.

The Italian Kindle store launches with more than 16,000 Italian-language Kindle books, which is mainly comprised of best sellers and public domain classics. The Spanish store has 22,000 Spanish-language Kindle books, in addition to eBooks in Catalan, Basque and Galician.

Amazon is pushing these new stores to authors and publishers that use the Kindle Direct Publishing. The 70% royalty option is available to eBooks sold in these new stores.