Amazon Opens Kindle Stores In Spain & Italy, Abolishes Surcharge

Amazon opened Kindle Stores in Spain and Italy this morning, to add to the existing stores in the US, the UK, Germany, and France. The basic Kindle model is on sale in both countries for 99 Euro – the price difference with the US arising from 15% VAT (EU sales tax), and the lack of a subsidized, ad-supported model. In both stores, the Kindle is being marketed heavily as a Christmas gift item, with its launch taking over the home page of both Amazon Spain and Amazon Italy. As with the launch of the French Kindle Store last month, the new Kindle Touch and Kindle Fire models are not available for purchase at this time. Indeed, given the amount of content deals Read More…

Kobo Targets Europe While Amazon Sleeps At The Wheel

Amazon has been putting out fires all over the US, engaging in fierce firefights to retain its market share in e-books and e-readers, as well as branching out into newer territory such as publishing. But while all this has been going on, Kobo has been stealing a march in the international arena. They already have localized stores in the Canada, UK, Hong Kong, and Australia, as well as a retail presence in New Zealand. After securing a fresh round of funding in April, Kobo announced plans for a major European expansion. It has begun. Kobo has launched a local-language store in Germany. And they aren’t just matching Amazon Germany’s offering of 25,000 local language books, they are blowing it out Read More…