This marks the service’s debut launch in Asia, and is an unsurprising choice considering India’s forecast to become to world’s second-largest smartphone market by 2017, behind China.
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Amazon’s director of Kindle content, Sanjeev Jha, said the India launch was part of the company’s push to make “reading more accessible than ever.”
“For less than the average price of one hardcover bestseller, we’ve made the best digital library in the world available to every corner of India,” he said.
The service will cost about $3 per month, and include access to over one million titles — though Amazon is offering half-price subscriptions through September.
Along with Kindle devices, users can also take advantage of the service through the Kindle app on iOS and Android (hence the importance of India’s strong smartphone growth forecasts). Books included as part of the deal are clearly labeled with a Kindle Unlimited logo.