Amazon launches digital books in 5 indian languages on Kindle
Amazon’s e-book reader Kindle will now support content in five Indian languages-Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam, Gujarati and Marathi.
The inclusion of these languages will help the US-based firm tap into the niche but growing ‘digital regional content’ market in India. “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.
Readers will now be able to access these books on Kindle e-Readers as well as the free Kindle apps for Android and iOS. The company informed that 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 on the Kindle Bookstore,” said Jha.
Kindle e-book readers will feature Indic keyboards based on the language of the book purchased i.e. if a user purchases a Hindi book, a Hindi keyboard will automatically get enabled in the book which readers can make use to take notes. Search, however, doesn’t support Indic input yet.
At launch, Amazon said that it will be offering thousands of free and paid e-books, that includes hundreds of exclusive titles in Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam, Gujarati and Marathi.
Among the titles being offered include bestseller books like Ravish Kumar’s “Ishq Mein Shahar Hona”, Manav Kaul’s “Theek Tumhare Peechhe” (Hindi); Sa.Na.Kannan’s “Rajaraja Chozhan” and Madhan’s “Vantharkal Ventrarkal” (Tamil); Shivaji Sawant’s “Mrutyunjay” and Vishnu Sakharam Khandekar’s “Yayati” (Marathi); Kaajal Oza Vaidya’s “Ek Bija Ne Gamta Rahiye” and Gunvant Shah’s “Bhagvan Ni Tapal” (Gujarati); K R Meera’s ‘Aarachar’ and Madhavikutty/Kamala Das’ Ente Katha’ (Malayalam).