Here’s a late Friday night surprise for you.
Amazon has quietly expanded the Kindle Store with ebooks in 5 additional languages: Russian, Hindi, Polish, Latin and Hungarian.
Amazon’s usually pretty fastidious about the languages they support in the Kindle Store (they’ll even tell you which ones are supported), but lately there’s been a rupture between the languages Amazon will let you upload and the ones which they’re selling.
There’s been no official announcement from Amazon, and they haven’t expanded the list of supported languages in KDP, but I can report that you will find the 5 languages listed in the foreign language section of the Kindle Store.
Of the 5, only Russian and Hindi have more than a handful of titles. There are 87 Hindi titles, and an unknown number of Russian titles. I don’t know how many Russian titles are available, but I can report that Russian is listed as one of the 8 primary languages.
That detail is worth noting because each of the 7 other languages have their own national bookstore in their respective countries, and that suggests that the Kindle Store will launch soon in Russia.
And by soon, I mean very soon. If you’ll take a moment and visit Kindle.ru, you may note that the error 502 message is in Russian – in Amazon orange font.
That is most definitely not a coincidence.