Amazon Publishing Launches German-Language Publishing Program

  Amazon Publishing Launches German-Language Publishing Program

Debut list will include new titles from best-selling German authors Emily Bold
                            and Alexander Hartung

Business Wire

LUXEMBOURG -- March 12, 2014

(NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon Publishing today announced the launch of a new
German-language publishing program under the Amazon Publishing umbrella. The
European Amazon Publishing team will acquire German-language fiction for
publication in Kindle and print editions available on Amazon.

“We’ve been delighted with the reader response to the German translations
released by Amazon Publishing, and are excited to have Publisher Sarah
Tomashek and her team in Munich supporting our efforts to bring great works
written in German to a wider audience,” said Jorrit Van der Meulen, Vice
President of Kindle, EU.

The program’s debut list for spring 2014 includes:

  *Klang der Gezeiten (The Sound of the Tides), a new work of contemporary
    fiction from international best-selling author Emily Bold
  *A new murder mystery featuring Berlin police investigator Jan Tommen from
    best-selling author Alexander Hartung, and a new edition of the first book
    in the series, Bis alle Schuld beglichen (Until All Debts Are Cleared)
  *New York für Anfängerinnen (New York for Beginners), the romantic
    best-selling debut novel from FOCUS Magazine New York Bureau Chief Susann

“By publishing my new book Klang der Gezeiten with Amazon Publishing, I’ll
have a visionary publishing partner by my side who can flexibly react to fast
changes within the book market,” said Bold, whose previous works Touch of
Eternity and Breath of Yesterday, both from “The Curse” series, were published
in English by Amazon Publishing. “My successful partnership with Amazon
Publishing in the U.S. encouraged me in my decision to publish with them in

This new international program builds on Amazon Publishing’s commitment to
supporting German authors in translation via its AmazonCrossing imprint for
world literature in translation, which will publish many of the new
German-language acquisitions in English. AmazonCrossing’s English translation
of Oliver Pötzsch’s The Hangman’s Daughter was a #1 best-selling Kindle book,
and Pötzsch’s Hangman’s Daughter series has sold over one million copies in
combined print, audio and Kindle English-language editions worldwide.  Other
German authors who have found success through Amazon Publishing include Dörthe
Binkert, Christoph Spielberg and Sarah Lark.

AmazonCrossing also publishes German translations of selected English language
works; since launching in July 2012, six of the imprint’s titles have reached
#1 on the German Kindle best seller list.

“Over the past five years, Amazon Publishing has worked hard to create an
author-centric publishing experience that connects readers with outstanding
fiction and non-fiction from around the world,” said Sarah Jane Gunter,
Director of International Publishing. “We’re excited to expand the
opportunities we can provide to German authors by acquiring and publishing
works in German, building on the success we have had bringing top German
authors to English-language readers through our AmazonCrossing translation

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