As an author and small publisher, I’m excited to see the rapid growth — and globalization — of the online bookstore Bookshop.org.
Bookshop.org positions itself as the anti-Amazon, by working with independent bookstores to share revenues more generously. There referral fees are, based on my experience, about twice what Amazon Affiliates offers.
I mention Bookshop here because it recently launched its localized website for Spain. The UK website was launched about a year ago.
Here is the Spain home page:
Note the generic globe icon in the header, which includes a toggle between Spanish and Catalan — yes, Catalan. Even Amazon lags in support for this language.
And I would guess that a year from now we’ll see 1-2 additional localized websites. In the FAQ section, Bookshop notes:
Sadly, the global gateway on the main Bookshop.org page relies on flags, which is less than ideal.
Should Bookshop keep going like this I anticipate adding them to the Web Globalization Report Card. Amazon could use a little competition in the online bookstore department.