Amazon launches Kindle Store in Australia

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Australian Kindle Store

Kangaroos, koalas, and Kindles!

The Australian Kindle Store is now open for business, selling over 2 million eBook titles — including those of BookBaby authors.

Amazon’s localized presence in Australia is important for another reason too, though.

According to The Digital Reader:

While Amazon has been selling ebooks in Australia since 2009, they have been making their Australian customers buy from Amazon.com and pay in in US dollars. Naturally that has led to a fair amount of friction as customers balk at the idea of paying in a foreign currency and buying from a company that pays no taxes, isn’t creating any local jobs, and gives no specific support to Australian authors and publishers.

With declining market share thanks to competition from Google, Apple and Kobo (who DO have a presence in Australia), it was important for Amazon to open up shop in that country as well.

So, if you have readers Down Under, let ’em know they can buy your eBook from the Australian Kindle Store today.

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Chris Robley is an award-winning poet, songwriter, performer, and music producer who now lives in Portland, Maine after more than a decade in Portland, Oregon. His music has been praised by NPR, the LA Times, the Boston Globe, and others. Skyscraper Magazine said he is “one of the best short-story musicians to come along in quite some time.” Robley’s poetry has been published or is forthcoming in POETRY, Prairie Schooner, Poetry Northwest, Beloit Poetry Journal, RHINO, Magma Poetry, and more. He is the 2013 winner of Boulevard's Poetry Prize for Emerging Writers and the 2014 recipient of a Maine Literary Award in the category of "Short Works Poetry."

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