Amazon Launch Kindle Unlimited in India with Local Partners

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Kindle Unlimited

Amazon launched Kindle Unlimited in India with local publishing partners that include Jaico, Westland, Grapevine, Orient, and Sinclude, and more promised.

By Edward Nawotka

Tech in Asia reports that Amazon is now offering Kindle Unlimited in India. The ebook subscription services is available for INR 199 (US$3) — or half that for those who sign up in the first month — and is giving access to more than a million titles (from across their international catalog). As they note, “India is the first country in Asia to get this service, which is currently available in the US, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Mexico, and Canada.”

Local publishers who have signed up for Kindle Unlimited in India include Jaico, Westland, Grapevine, Orient, and Shristi among others. But conspicuously missing are big publishing names like HarperCollins and Penguin.

Immortals of MeluhaAmong the titles by popular Indian authors available are

  • Immortals of Meluha by Amish Tripathi
  • Half Girlfriend by Chetan Bhagat
  • The One You Cannot Have by Preeti Shenoy
  • Don’t Lose Out, Work Out by Rujuta Diweka

As is often the case, note everyone is pleased with the selection, which is chock full of self-published and highly commercial titles. The Hindustan Times went so far as to call it “embarrassing.” Sanjeev Jha, Amazon’s Director of Kindle Content in India, told the paper to chill: “It’s day one…We’re working hard on getting more publishers to sign up for this because the selection can always be enhanced.”

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Edward Nawotka

A widely published critic and essayist, Edward Nawotka serves as a speaker, educator and consultant for institutions and businesses involved in the global publishing and content industries. He was also editor-in-chief of Publishing Perspectives since the launch of the publication in 2009 until January 2016.