Today Amazon made two announcements, one about its Audible subsidiary, and another about its AmazonCrossing translation imprint. First, Audible has launched a new Mobile Store app for iPhone and Android, allowing customers to shop for and download Audible audiobooks directly on their wireless devices.
Separately, Amazon announced the Spring 2011 list of its translation imprint, AmazonCrossing, which will publish six titles never before published in English. The six books are The Hangman's Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch; No Reserve: The Limit of Absolute Power by Martín Redrado; Old Town by Lin Zhe; Pizzicato: The Abduction of the Magic Violin by Rusalka Reh; Pepita Jimenez by Juan Valera; and Field Work in Ukrainian Sex by Oksana Zabuzhko. Amazon selects titles for this imprint using data collected from Amazon’s international Websites, acquiring rights and commissioning translations for books that seem deserving of a wider audience. These books will be available for Kindle and as print books on Amazon and in brick and mortar retailers.