Amazon closes its Kindle store in China

Amazon has stopped supplying retailers in China with Kindle e-readers and can shut the nation’s Kindle e-book retailer, Reuters reported based mostly on a submit on the corporate’s WeChat account. As of June 30, 2023, customers will not be capable to purchase digital Kindle books in China, whereas Amazon will take away its Kindle app from Chinese language app shops a 12 months later.

Nonetheless, present clients will be capable to obtain titles bought previously till June 2024, and after that, they may proceed to work however with out cloud backup. The transfer is just not associated to authorities strain or censorship, the tech big advised Reuters. Moderately, Amazon says it’s altering its strategic focus. The corporate’s different companies within the nation, similar to its e-commerce, cloud and promoting companies, will proceed.

“We stay dedicated to our clients in China. As a world enterprise, we periodically consider our choices and make changes, wherever we function,” an Amazon spokesperson advised Reuters. “With our portfolio of companies in China, we are going to proceed to innovate and make investments the place we will present worth to our clients.”

Amazon is likely one of the few Western tech firms to have scaled again its operations in China just lately. Final week, Airbnb withdrew its China listings because of a decline in enterprise because of China’s prolonged COVID lockdown and excessive prices made worse by the pandemic. Nonetheless, the corporate’s Beijing workplace will stay and can as a substitute redirect its consideration to outbound travellers.

In the meantime, Yahoo withdrew its companies from China in November, only a month after Microsoft-owned LinkedIn shut down the native model of its platform within the nation. Each provided related causes, with LinkedIn citing the nation’s “difficult working surroundings” and elevated compliance necessities.

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