Amazon will remove the Kindle e-book store from China in 2023

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Amazon will stop supplying Chinese resellers with its Kindle e-book readers from Thursday and cease operations of its Kindle e-book store in the country on June 30, 2023.

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Chinese users will be able to download the Kindle app and previously purchased e-books until June 30, 2024. Amazon notes that customers can continue to read downloaded e-books on their Kindle e-book reader and that e-books and documents Personal information stored on Kindle devices will not be affected.

The sign of e-commerce website Amazon China is seen next to a Kindle e-reader displayed in this illustration, taken December 15, 2021. (REUTERS/Florence Lo/Illustration/Reuters Photos)

Customers who no longer wish to use their Kindle devices will have the option of a refund if they purchased an eligible Kindle after January 1, 2022.

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The announcement, first published on Kindle’s Weibo account, comes as other Western companies have cut services or pulled out of China altogether amid government efforts to tighten control over online content and new laws targeting data sharing and customer privacy.

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On Tuesday, Airbnb said it would stop representing short-term rental properties in China and focus its business in the country on serving Chinese tourists looking for accommodation abroad.

“We have made the difficult decision to refocus our efforts in China on overseas travel and to suspend our homes and guest experiences in China, effective July 30, 2022,” said Nathan Blecharczyk, Director of Airbnb China’s strategy, in a statement on its social networks. Account.

Last year, Microsoft-owned LinkedIn said it would shut down its local version in China after facing “a significantly tougher operating environment and tougher compliance requirements”. The service has been replaced by InJobs, a standalone app for Chinese users, a social feed or the ability to share posts or articles.

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“We remain committed to our customers in China,” an Amazon spokesperson told FOX Business. “As a global company, we periodically evaluate our offerings and make adjustments wherever we operate. With our business portfolio in China, we will continue to innovate and invest where we can bring value to our customers. »

Amazon’s portfolio in China includes its cross-border e-commerce business, the Amazon Global Store, Amazon Advertising, Amazon Global Logistics, Amazon Devices and Services in Asia, and Amazon Web Services. In 2019, Amazon shut down its local online marketplace in China.

Reuters and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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