Some time back I told you that I guessed Amazon was planning to open a local Kindle Store in Brazil. I didn't have much to go on at the time; all I was working from was gut instinct and new language support in the then latest Kindle model (the K4).
But now I have proof. Amazon is looking to hire a vendor manager to work with Brazilian publishers.
The job will be located in Sao Paulo, and the specific job duties all involve recruiting Brazilian publishers and convincing them to distribute their ebooks in the Kindle Store.
This is a pretty big deal. The last time I heard Amazon was looking for Kindle Vendor Managers was. The position was based in Luxembourg and tasked with working with French publishers. The local Kindle Store launched in France in October of this year, so it seems likely that one led to the other.
But still, this comes as no surprise. I've heard from any number of people in Brazil who expect Amazon to open a local Kindle Store there. No one knows exactly when it will happen, but much of the publishing industry appears to believe that it will happen.
The Brazilian ebook market is estimated to have about 4 to 5 thousand local titles available, with most released in Epub.
The ebooks are already priced below the prices of the related print editions. Amazon certainly has its work cut out for it.
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