Multiple local sources are reporting Tuesday night that Amazon will be launching the Kindle Store in the Netherlands on Wednesday. Amazon has yet to confirm the news, but it is a near certainty that the reports are correct.
Nu.nl broke the news that Amazon will be offering 20,000 titles in Dutch when the local Kindle store opens Wednesday morning, along with around 3 million titles in other languages. Amazon will also be selling all 3 current Kindle models, including the Kindle Voyage, with prices ranging from 59 euros for the basic Kindle to 189 euros for the Voyage. (The Paperwhite does not have a Dutch language option for the menus, but I expect that will change soon.)
There is no information at this time concerning whether Kindle Unlimited will also launch in the Netherlands on Wednesday, although that is not out of the question.
Amazon will be facing some pretty strong competition in the Netherlands. In addition to Apple, Google, and Kobo, each of which a local presence, Amazon will also have to contend with local Dutch ebookstores like Bol.com (a Kobo partner). Bol.com director Daniel Ropers says that that store has around a 60% share of the ebook market.
Bol.com sells Epub, of course, with most of the locally published titles sold either DRM-free or with digital watermarks.
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