Amazon has long been rumoured to be preparing a Kindle launch in Brazil, and now the company has signed a deal with ebook distributor Xeriph. Representing around 200 publishers (20 of whom have reportedly opted out of the Amazon deal), Xeriph should give Amazon a good range of local titles when it finally gets around to opening the Brazil Kindle store.
Meanwhile, Amazon has denied that it is planning to buy publisher and bookseller Saraiva SA Livreiros Editores. Such a deal would make sense, since it would give Amazon a much greater presence in the Brazilian market. However, it seems such a deal isn’t on the cards right now, although it’s possible that the owners of Saraiva are just holding back and hoping for a better deal.
Brazil is seen by many as a prime target for western ebook retailers. Various rumours have suggested that the likes of Kobo and Google are interested in similar ventures, although it looks like Amazon is set to get there first. Currently, the suggestion is that Amazon will be making an announcement in November.