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Bookworms cheer as Amazon Kindle introduces Arabic e-books

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Date of publication: 28 June, 2018

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Bookworms have welcomed the move by Amazon to release over 12,000 Arabic titles on its Kindle devices.
Amazon announced on Tuesday that the book giant has released more than 12,000 Arabic titles via their Kindle devices and app, entering the Arabic e-book market.

Egyptian authors dominated the bestsellers list on their opening day, with books such as Ahmed Khaled Towfik's Utopia, the English translation of which is out of print.

Several work were also featured for Egyptian superseller Ahmed Mourad and Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz. Other Egyptian authors featured included social satirist Ezzedine Choukri Fishere and Khaled al-Khamissi's Taxi.

Award winning works were also featured, including Youssef Zeidan's popular Azazeel and Ibrahim Nasrallah's 2018 winner, Dog War II.

Popular works, including JK Rowling's Harry Potter and the Dan Brown novels, are also available.

"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."

Ahlam Mosteghanemi, a best-selling author, also welcomed the move.

"Finally, my work will reach Arabic readers across the world. I am thrilled that Amazon has opened this service, breaking the distances between the Arabic book and its readers."

Arab Twitter users were overjoyed at the news.

Congratulations to all bookworms who love reading on kindle!




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