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Amazon.in launches Tamil books collection; No ebooks on Kindle?

amazon-inAmazon India has announced the launch of their Tamil book collection that will be available on their website. Readers have the option of choosing from an array of authors such as Kalki S Krishnamooorthy, Kannadhasan, Madhan, Vairmuthu, Jeyamohan and spread across over 8000 titles. Over 1500 Tamil books have been selected for overnight delivery across 20 cities in India.

In addition to Tamil literature, readers can also order for translated versions of English best sellers such as Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus, The Secret among others. There is also a special ‘Language, Linguistics and Writing’ section that helps improve your Tamil communication.

This announcement comes as a follow up  of the launch of their Hindi library with over 23000 titles to choose from and over genres like literature, romance, and children books among others. This collection ensures 4600 titles for next door delivery across select cities.The website plans to launch similar initiatives across other regional languages such as Malayalam, Kannada, Bengali and Marathi in the next few months.

The closest Tamil readers have to getting access to books online is nammabooks.com, which although is quite popular for classics, does not have the more contemporary work in the field of Tamil literature. Another alternative is chennaishopping.com that allows for educational books (Update: we’re informed that Chennaishopping.com offers more than just educational books, and has over 7000 titles). However, both of these websites lack the diverse collection Amazon.in promises.

In addition to their website being secure for online transactions, customers can also download their app across Android and iOS platforms. However, these ebooks  are not available in Amazon’s Kindle due to compatibility issues.

Corrigendum: An earlier version of this article incorrectly mentioned that Chennaishopping.com only has educational books. Our apologies for the error.

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