Amazon brought its Italian Kindle Store one step closer to reality today. The Mondadori Group, a conglomeration of Italian publishing houses, will soon be offering its eBooks in the Kindle Store.

According to the press release, the Mondadori, Einaudi, Sperling&Kupfer and Piemme publishing houses are prepared to offer upwards of 2 thousand new eBooks to be sold in the US, UK, and German Kindle Stores. The selection is expected to expand by another thousand titles by the end of the year.

“For Mondadori, working with Amazon to make thousands of e-books available to Kindle customers is an important step forward in the Group’s digital development strategy,” Maurizio Costa, deputy chairman and chief executive of Mondadori.

The Mondadori Group has a catalogue that includes more than 10,000 titles. While not all have been converted to eBooks, some of the Group’s new releases have been launched simultaneously in print and eBook formats since last January.