Amazon rolls-out support for Arabic language books on Kindle

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Amazon has announced that Kindle customers can enjoy a growing selection of more than 12,000 Arabic language books on all Kindle devices.

The range boasts with leading Arab authors including Naguib Mahfouz, and Nizar Qabani, best-sellers like Al Aswad Yaliko Biki and Harbo Alkalbi Athania (winner of the 2018 International Prize for Arabic Fiction).

Consumers will also find Arabic classics like Ibn Khaldoun’s Muqadimah, Al-Mutanabbi’s anthology, and Kalila wa Dimna as well as translated English language bestsellers like How to Win Friends and Influence People, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, A Tale of Two Cities and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

“We are excited to make Arabic language Kindle books available to the hundreds of millions of Arabic speakers around the world,” says David Naggar, vice president of Kindle.

“This is another step in our ongoing work to provide more choice and selection to readers.”

Amazon has brought the same Kindle features to Arabic language reading. Readers can sample books prior to purchase, easily look up words in a dictionary, personalise their reading experience by adjusting text size, margin settings, and background colour as well as search inside a book and highlight a memorable book quote.

David Naggar continues: “We are thrilled to offer our leading Arabic language book selection to Kindle customers around the world,” said Bassam Chebaro, CEO of Arab Scientific Publishers. “We’ve already seen great interest from our finest authors, writers, and scholars, to publish their Arabic titles for Kindle.”

He concluded: “Finally, my work will reach Arabic readers across the world,” said Ahlam Mosteghanemi, best-selling author. “I am thrilled that Amazon has opened this service, breaking the distances between the Arabic book and its readers.”

Consumers can shop for Arabic language Kindle books on existing Amazon website including www.amazon.com/KindleArabic, www.amazon.co.uk/KindleArabic, and www.amazon.de/arabischeEbooks.

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