Kindle Germany: “englische bücher”, or Forum for ‘English Books’.

Posted: April 22, 2011 in #ebooks, Uncategorized

Well, The rumours over the last 12 months that Amazon were to open a kindle store in Germany are at last fact. Time to brush up on your German, or at least familiarize yourself with Google translate, if you are to promote your books on, Forum zu “englische bücher”, or Forum for ‘English Books’.

With American and British armed forces, their families and support staff  based in the country, this is welcome news. But let’s not forget the entire population are taught English as a second language, therefore there are endless possibilities for authors to promote their English books on kindle.

Germany is the top market in Europe for book sales and so far the German publishers have managed to hold back the progress of eBooks in the country. Currently eBooks account for only 5% of book sales. Germany has some of the highest retail prices for books in Europe, so it is no wonder publishers have been reluctant to embrace the technology. For those self-published and indie authors’, this is a great opportunity, as their prices will come as something of a shock to German readers.

Kindle are boasting a catalogue of 650,000 books to include 71 of the top 100 German language books. Let’s see how long it takes for the publishers of the other 21 to cave in.

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  1. dannym says:

    Well that certainly sounds like good news.

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  2. Man soll ja die Sprache wieder mussen studieren, wenn Man Bücher in Deutschland verkaufen will…

    Or: One will have to brush up on their German skills if one wants to sell books in Germany

    Nice Blog, Dec, very informational, and yet no formal..

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  3. KJ Kron says:

    I’ve heard Germans speak English better than any other European nation, except the English speaking ones. Interesting to see what happens.

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    • declanconner says:

      It’s hard to say. Kindle is going to be quite a culture shock, especially on the price of books. Publishers over there have had it all their own way on price. But like you say, it will be interesting.

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  4. E books make the world seem smaller by bringing more writers and readers together.

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    • declanconner says:

      I’m with you on that one. When I set up this blog 2 weeks ago, I never imagined there would be people from all over the world coming to visit me. The Cluster map in the side bar brought this home to me.

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  5. This is fantastic news. I was delighted to click over to amazon.de and see my book there!

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  6. dannym says:

    yes I did that as well, couldn’t resist. Isn’t it funny the things that make you smile.

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  7. Hello! Isn’t Kindle fun? I’ve always heard that readers from Germany like American westerns. I’m wondering if it is true. My Turtle Trilogy (A Three-Turtle Summer, As Brown As I Want, and Custer and His Naked Ladies) have a different twist…they’re about contemporary Indians and Hispanic people in the Southwest. I think you’d like them!

    You’ll see the tribes are still alive and well. Comanches, Kiowas, and Apaches, oh my!

    Janelle

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