When the International Indie Author blog broke the news back in September that Flipkart’s ebook store was on the chopping block, (LINK) I was hoping I might be proved wrong, but it’s now official.
Flipkart’s ebook store is history. (LINK)
This is good and bad news.
The bad is that Flipkart is a major brand in India and still, just, the biggest e-commerce operator in the country. Had it taken ebooks seriously it might have been a very different story for the Flipkart ebook store. But what’s done is done.
The good news is that indie authors now have an easy access point to India through Kobo.
As I said back in September,
“Rakuten-owned Kobo could yet surprise us all, make a bid for the Flipkart customer data, and start taking India seriously.”
That’s what has happened. Just how seriously Kobo will now take India remains to be seen, but there’s every reason for optimism..
India remains the most exciting prospect on the planet for indie authors as ebooks take off across the subcontinent.
The India ebook gold rush is imminent. Stake your claim now!