Kindle Unlimited has launched in France and Brazil, bringing to seven the number of countries where the service is available.
In France, subscribers signing up by 10th January will pay 99 centimes for the first month and €9.99 a month from then on, with access initially to 20,000 titles in French, 600,000 in English and another 100,000 in other languages.
The press release posted on the Amazon.Fr website said “this is the occasion to read ‘indispensible’ books in their original language", citing Yann Martel’s Life of Pi, Lois Lowry’s Messenger and Colleen McCullough’s The Thorn Birds, among other examples.
The big names in French publishing—Hachette Livre, Editis and La Martinière— do not have their titles enrolled in the service for its launch, because no agreement has been reached on the terms. The line-up so far includes Eyrolles, Media Participations subsidiary Fleurus, Bragelonne, Midady, Le Manuscrit, Encyclopaedia Universalis, Jouvance and Musardine. Also available are the Harry Potter titles by J K Rowling in French and English, and a number of self-published titles.
Kindle Unlimited is currently offered in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and Spain.