Amazon Launches the Kindle Store in the Netherlands on Wednesday
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.
image by Mike Licht
Jurgen Snoeren November 12, 2014 um 3:55 am
Amazon.nl has indeed launched this morning. Just the Kindle Store, none of the other programs (Unlimited, KDP, etc.) yet. It’s surprisingly easy to transfer your .com to a .nl account, but the big disadvantage is that when you want to shop in both stores, you need to keep transferring your account to either .com or .nl. I can buy Dutch e-books on Amazon.com, but price deals seem to be exclusive to the .nl store.
Mick Rooney November 12, 2014 um 5:39 am
http://kdp.amazon.nl/ went live about an hour ago. Announcement was made on Kindle Boards.
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Brendan Bannigan November 12, 2014 um 10:43 am
From the Irish Time October 7th
Brussels is confronting Luxembourg over an unorthodox Amazon tax deal, alleging it allowed the online retail giant to reap potentially illegal state subsidies for its European operations for almost a decade.
In its 2013 accounts, Amazon showed sales of € 13.6bn running through its Luxembourg operating company and profits of € 28.8m.
fjtorres November 12, 2014 um 1:13 pm
Somebody in budgetting probably got reprimanded for not finding a way to spend an extra $30M.
Brendan Bannigan November 12, 2014 um 10:44 am
From the Irish Time October 7th
"Brussels is confronting Luxembourg over an unorthodox Amazon tax deal, alleging it allowed the online retail giant to reap potentially illegal state subsidies for its European operations for almost a decade."
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Jan November 24, 2014 um 10:03 pm
I’ve included now the Dutch Kindle store in my web app that crawls for the daily free books. Not a lot of Dutch books for free yet, but hopefully more to come. I’m also improving the filter to leave out the classics that are always free.
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