NEW DELHI: Put your reading glass on! Amazon’s e-book reader, Kindle will now allow you to read e-books in five Indian languages — Hindi, Tamil, Malalayam, Gujarati and Marathi.
“The new language selection is in addition to over three million books that are already available on the Kindle Book Store. 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 said.
Besides, other 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 are also on the line.
While Amazon does not share country specific growth numbers, Jha said India is among its fastest growing markets globally for Kindle.
According to industry reports, the print book market in India is estimated to be worth about $4 billion. India, which has a significant number of people reading e-books on their phones, ranks third in English language publishing, after the US and the UK. However, with this move, the US-based firm plans to tap into the niche but growing ‘digital regional content’ market in India.