Arabic Kindle: authors allowed to publish eBooks in Arabic

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Updated 21 December 2017
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Arabic Kindle: authors allowed to publish eBooks in Arabic

JEDDAH: Amazon Kindle has announced a new beta program that will allow Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) authors to publish e-books in Arabic for free and earn up to 70 percent royalty on sales through Kindle stores worldwide.
Kindles enable users to browse, buy, download and read e-books, newspapers, magazines and much more on a wireless network.
Since the launch of the device in 2007, many Arabic book readers have urged Amazon to provide a service for authors and readers alike to properly use it.
Arabic readers are reportedly only able to add a specific font that would enable users to download a book in PDF form, but not to convert it to an e-book.
For publishing Arabic-language e-books on KDP, the system is currently in beta testing and a step-by-step guide is available on its website, with warnings that errors may occur and it is improving support for books written in Arabic.
The website also offers a guide to creating your own content available for both e-books and paperbacks, though Arabic is still not available in paperback form.
“Kindle is a very easy and convenient way to read books as they’re extremely user-friendly, and with the new e-ink technology I can read without straining my eye too much,” said Kindle user Dr. Asma Mohurji.
“I’m currently more into sci-fi novels, but with this news I’m leaning toward going back to discovering new Arabic books,” she added.
“It’s bothersome to go and search for books in bookstores, since many aren’t available or are expensive.”
While speaking to Arab News, she tried to download and open an Arabic book but was unable to due to compatibility issues.
With over 20.5 million users worldwide, Kindle is the market leader. It is a good platform for authors, said Hayaat Q, a short-story author based in Boston, Massachusetts.
“Publishing printed books is always a risk, and they require a large budget for it to happen,” she added.
“There are many online platforms available for publishing your work online, but it’s difficult since you don’t know who’ll use your material; there are copyrights issues and more,” she said.
“With Kindle, I can publish my e-book for free, keep track of who orders my books and create a domain for myself on an established platform. It’s easier this way and more convenient.”


Book Review: The Great Game

Updated 14 April 2018
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Book Review: The Great Game

While everyone knows about the Cold War of the 20th century, little is known about its 19th-century version — the battle between Tsarist Russia and Victorian Britain for supremacy in Central Asia, otherwise known as The Great Game. At stake was the jewel in the British Empire, India. Weary of Russian encroachment, the British set about mapping and gaining influence in the little-known hinterlands between the territories of the two great powers. When play first began, the frontiers of Russia and British India lay more than 3,000 kilometers apart; by the end, this distance had shrunk to 30 kilometers at some points.
In this book Peter Hopkirk brings to life the grand imperial struggle across great mountain ranges and vast deserts. He recounts colorful tales of espionage and treachery, of brave men from both sides taking part in barely believable adventures.
The tale is as good as any blockbuster movie. But while at its heart it is an exciting work of narrative history, it is also a hugely relevant for today’s geopolitics. It acts as a warning of what happens when mistrust between great powers goes unchallenged.