The new Style Guide will make ebook publishing and distribution more accessible to thousands of Italian-language authors. As one of a handful of authorized global Apple aggregators, we’re pleased to distribute Italian authors not only to their home country’s Apple iBookstore, but worldwide as well.
Prior to these new stores, Apple operated in the US, Canada, UK, France, Germany and Australia.
Of the 26 new stores added by Apple, the Italian store was the top performer by unit sales for Smashwords authors and publishers for the week ending November 20.
Two fun facts about the Italian language, per Wikipedia:
Italian is spoken by 55 million people in Italy, and 6.7 million outside the country
Between 120 and 150 million people worldwide use Italian as a second or cultural language
The release of the Italian Smashwords Style Guide follows the recent release of French and German Style Guide translations. Additional translations are in process for Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese and Bengali.
If you’re a Smashwords authors or publisher and you’d like to translate the Style Guide into your native language, please see the instructions here.