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Rumor that Amazon May Launch Kindle Service in China

Wuping Zhao, Shanghai

By Wuping Zhao

As Shanda Technology company announced the arrival of its e-reader Bambook today, industry insiders are also discussing the possibility of the sale of Amazon’s Kindle in China.

A job opening for a “Sr. Product Manager, Amazon Kindle” was spotted on Amazon.cn on July 19, according to National Business Daily in Shanghai. The description of the job stated that Amazon is looking for “a smart, results-oriented Sr. Product Manager to drive demand and grow our Kindle business.” A successful candidate will be expected to be an expert in e-book rights and to work with potential customers from the Chinese publishing industry. The National Business Daily wrote that Joyo Amazon.cn did not comment on this report, but did say that the company noticed Chinese readers’ enthusiasm for the Kindle platform and the growing market for digital books in China. The article also said that Amazon is preparing to join the digital book market in China, but there is no timetable available at the moment.

As of July 29, the job opening for the “Sr. Product Manager, Amazon Kindle” was no longer listed on Amazon.cn. However, another job of “Mobile Software Product Manager” was listed there. Requirements for this position include the ability to deliver a software-based, mobile product that will become an important part of Amazon’s fulfillment operations. More from this job listing: “Candidates must be bilingual in English and Mandarin Chinese. Previous experience developing mobile applications is preferred.”

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