The Italian translation is thanks to the generous volunteer effort of Giuseppe Meligrana, an Italian publisher at Smashwords. Giuseppe is also planning to translate the Smashwords Book Marketing Guide.
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.
As we announced October 24, Italy is among the 26 new iBookstore countries now served by Smashwords distribution.
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
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.