|International Bestselling Author Paulo Coelho's Books Now Available in Portuguese Exclusively in Kindle Store Worldwide|
SEATTLE, Jan 08, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced that international bestselling author Paulo Coelho has decided to make 17 of his books, including "The Alchemist," available in his native Portuguese exclusively for worldwide distribution in Amazon's Kindle Store (www.amazon.com/kindlestore). This is the first time any of these editions have been available as electronic books, and they will be exclusive to the Kindle Store for six months. Kindle is the most gifted, most wished for and the No. 1 bestselling product across all categories on Amazon.com--not just electronics. The Kindle Store now includes over 400,000 books and the largest selection of the most popular books people want to read, including New York TimesBestsellersand New Releases.
"Our customers around the world have long been fans of Paulo Coelho's books," said Russ Grandinetti, vice president, Kindle Content. "We're thrilled to work with Mr. Coelho to offer these titles in his native Portuguese in the Kindle Store for download in less than 60 seconds in more than 100 countries around the world."
Paulo Coelho is the all-time bestselling Portuguese-language author. One of his best-known books, "The Alchemist," was a No. 1 bestselling title in 74 countries. "The Alchemist" also holds the 2008 Guinness World Record for the most translated book in the world (67 languages in over 150 countries).
"The great opportunity that Kindle offers to a writer is that it allows readers who are not in their country and do not have access to their local bookstores to immediately access texts in their mother tongue," said Coelho. "Therefore, it is with great joy that I now see all my books in Portuguese, so far only available abroad in a few specialized bookstores, being just a click away from all Portuguese readers that are around the world."
Kindle is in stock and available for immediate shipment today at http://www.amazon.com/kindle.
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