Flipkart, which has been selling eBooks in the Indian market since 2012, has decided to stop selling eBooks because the market just isn’t there in that country, where the sale of physical books still dominates. Existing customers will be serviced by Canada’s Kobo, according to an article by thetechportal.in.
Amazon is apparently set to release the Kindle in China on June 7. The prices for the devices appear to be slightly higher than the at-cost price for which they are sold in the U.S.
This is a rather deceptively titled article—it implies that eBook sales are leveling off, simply due to a dip in percentage sales during the fourth quarter of 2012… but then specifically mentions that the source, BookNet Canada, suggests that book sales are strongly linked to gift-giving. Well, duh… isn’t that a ground-shaker? 😛
Amazon has introduced the Kindle to its Brazil site, making available to customers there more than 1500 free Portuguese books (they are free to everyone else, as well). They have also created a Portuguese version of the Kindle app for various platforms.
5 August 2012
Amazon.com announced that their customers in the United Kingdom are buying 114 eBooks for every 100 print books sold on their site. This is probably attributed to the lower cost of many eBooks, though Amazon claimed that many print books that were sold were also inexpensive. There was no data indicating whether the eBooks that were sold were independently published or not, nor any information specifically indicating the price range of the eBooks sold as compared to print books.