Posted By P & L Blog

This is big news in the publishing world: Amazon has announced it is creating a new imprint, AmazonCrossing, to produce English translations of foreign language works.  This could be huge.

Only 3% of the books published in the US are translated into English from other languages.  Amazon's initiative opens the US market to authors whose works are rarely, if ever, available to readers who don't speak their language.  The books will be available on Amazon's site and on Kindle.  

What effect, if any, will the new imprint have? Will other publishers follow Amazon's lead? Will Americans finally embrace foreign literature? Will translators be fairly compensated for their work?

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