Amazon.com’s Amazon Books Now Available for Android & iOS in India

Amazon is set to launch its first Indian online bookstore on Thursday, in a move that could open up access to books and other content for more than 1.5 billion people in India.

The launch of the Amazon Books app will be available in more than 20 Indian states and territories, including the northeastern states of Assam, Assam and Manipur, the country’s information and communications technology minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Thursday.

The move is expected to raise $1 billion for the government and promote book sales in India, which has been struggling with a crippling shortage of books and video content.

The Amazon Books service, which launched in India in March, is a digital-only subscription service, meaning the books are only available in India when Amazon is online.

It also aims to offer access to its own catalogs and content in Indian stores and online.

The app is expected be available on both Android and iOS platforms, including Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet, and will be supported by Amazon’s Cloud.com cloud services.

Amazon said the app will offer access “to all Amazon content across Amazon.in, Kindle, Kindle Fire, Kindle Paperwhite, Fire HDX, Fire TV, Fire tablet and Fire HD TV.”

The company said the new Amazon India app is being developed in collaboration with bookstores, retailers, bookshops and online publishers.

“Amazon is thrilled to announce this launch of Amazon Books, a new Amazon.co.in service that will allow readers in India to access books, bookshelves, books and more in an online, mobile and cloud-based environment,” said Michael Phelan, vice president and general manager of Amazon India.

“The Indian marketplace has a huge potential for Amazon Books and we look forward to seeing it launch in India.”

Amazon’s Indian online store, which started life in July 2013, now has over 3 million registered customers.

It operates in over 50 Indian states, including Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Telangana, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, as well as the northern states of Goa and West Bengal.