Amazon Launches Online Bookstores in India for Bengali, Gujarati Languages

4130309174_6139d331b7_bThe updated white Kindle isn't the only thing Amazon launched on Wednesday morning; it has also opened two additional language-specific bookstores in India.

Amazon already supported bookstore sites for Hindi, Tamil, Marathi, Malayalam, and Kannada, and now it's adding Bengali and Gujarati to the list.

From The Times of India:

The retail giant Amazon Indiahas announced the launch of two dedicated online language book stores -- Bengali and Gujarati. According to the company, the book stores have a wide selection of over 10,000 titles.

The range of books include classics, literature, fiction, biographies, business and finance, self-help, cook books and children's books. There are also bestselling books by acclaimed authors like Rabindranath Tagore, Kaajal Oza Vaidya, Suchitra Bhattacharya, Satyajit Ray, Naresh Shah, Ankit Trivedi amongst others for readers.

Bestsellers from both the languages such as the Bengali titles Byomkesh Samagr and Shanku Samagra as well as the Gujarati titles Krishnayan and Mahabharat Manav Svabhar Nu Mahakavya are among the books that book lovers can find in the stores.

Curiously, the Kindle Store does not offer ebooks in either Bengali or Gujarati, nor are they supported in KDP. This is a print only deal.

There is, however, a Hindi section of the Kindle Store. It was added after the Kindle Store launched in India in 2012.

Noor Patel, director, category management, Amazon India said, "We started launching our dedicated language book stores last year and have witnessed an enthusiastic response from readers across the country. Having launched Hindi, Tamil, Kannada, Marathi and Malayalam, we are excited to launch the dedicated Gujarati and Bengali book stores on These two new stores enable a convenient and easy access for book lovers and reading enthusiasts, based anywhere in India, to a huge selection of books in the language of their choice".

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1 Comment on Amazon Launches Online Bookstores in India for Bengali, Gujarati Languages

  1. You say there is a Hindi section in the Kindle store, but to find it you need to look under “Foreign languages” and then dig down to “Other languages” to find a handful of Hindi titles – one of the major languages of the world, and by far the biggest language in India – tucked in with the likes of Frisian, Manx, Scots Gaelic and Alsatian.

    This on Amazon India…

    The hundred plus Hindi titles that are there are all trad pub as KDP doesn’t let us upload our Hindi translations nor our Hindi originals if we are lucky enough to be able to write in the language.

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