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.”


What We Are Reading Today: Design Magazine: Spirituality, by Raghad Alahmad

Updated 19 July 2018
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What We Are Reading Today: Design Magazine: Spirituality, by Raghad Alahmad

I obtained a copy of Design Magazine by chance while covering an art event in Jeddah. I was mesmerized by the cover, designed by artist Raghad Alahmad: A recreational tree, people who look like they have come out of a book on the Islamic era, and a very catchy yellow background.

Issue 55 covers numerous topics, beginning with an interview with an interior designer and her passion for Islamic art, “not only for its beauty, but for the many stories each artifact and monument carries.” 

This is followed by a piece on the night lights of Islam’s capital Makkah, and how time plays a part in its significance.

The brains behind the magazine, Kholoud Attar, has worked with artists and designers to shed light on the scene in Saudi Arabia, and to discover unknown talents.