|Christian Publishers Commit to Delivering Majority of Catalogs to Amazon Kindle Owners by the End of 2008|
SEATTLE, Jul 14, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), today announced that Christian book publishers Augsburg Fortress, Crossway Books & Bibles, David C. Cook, Gospel Light, Group Publishing, NavPress, Strang Communications, Thomas Nelson, Tyndale, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. and Zondervan have committed to making the majority of their catalogs of books available to Kindle owners by the end of 2008. Anywhere they happen to be, and in less than 60 seconds, Kindle customers will be able to download and start reading favorite Christian titles such as "Boundaries," "Walking With God," and "When the Game Is Over." Kindle is Amazon's portable reader that wirelessly downloads books, blogs, magazines and newspapers to a crisp, high-resolution electronic paper display that looks and reads like real paper. For more information on Kindle, or to order a Kindle for $359, visit http://amazon.com/kindle.
"Of the 135,000 books available on Amazon.com as a physical book and on Kindle, Kindle books already account for over 12 percent of units sold," said Ian Freed, Vice President of Amazon Kindle. "We're pleased that so many publishers are seeing this success with their Kindle titles, and that more publishers like the Christian book publishers are getting on board."
"The response to our Kindle editions has been remarkable," said Alan Huizenga, Director of Digital Publishing at Tyndale House Publishers. "We are excited to know that for readers who own a Kindle, they can download and begin reading bestselling Tyndale authors such as Joel Rosenberg, Tony Dungy, Francine Rivers, and Tommy Newberry in under a minute!"
"For years Eerdmans readers have enjoyed our extensive selection of titles from the scholarly to the popular," said Sam Eerdmans, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Eerdmans. "Now Eerdmans is excited to announce that many of our titles will be readily available on Kindle. Fans of Eugene Peterson or Joan Chittister can quickly find and access their new books using the extremely easy interface of Kindle."
"Thomas Nelson is excited to offer our books in the digital format on Kindle," said Robert Edington, Vice President of Internet Channel, Thomas Nelson, Inc. "Our readers have enjoyed works by Max Lucado, John Maxwell and Ted Dekker for a long time, and now those who have a Kindle can quickly and easily download them in 60 seconds."
Amazon has increased the number of book titles available on Kindle from 90,000 to 135,000 since Kindle was introduced last November, with more books being added every day. Kindle books are available for wireless download in less than 60 seconds and The New York Times Best Sellers and New Releases are $9.99 or less on Kindle, unless marked otherwise. Dozens of newspapers, magazines and blogs have also been added. Newspaper subscriptions, such as The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and magazines, such as TIME and Newsweek, are auto-delivered wirelessly to Kindle overnight so the latest edition is waiting for customers when they wake up. Blogs, such as TechCrunch and All Things D, are updated and downloaded wirelessly throughout the day so Kindle customers can read blogs whenever and wherever they want.
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