Amazon has launched a selection of more than 12,000 Arabic language books on its Kindle store.
From today (27th June), readers will be able to access large digital selection of popular Arabic language titles in the Kindle Store including books from leading authors like Naguib Mahfouz, and Nizar Qabani, bestsellers like Al Aswad Yaliko Biki and winner of the 2018 International Prize for Arabic Fiction, Harbo Alkalbi Athania.
The store will also stock translated English language bestsellers like How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie (Vermillion), Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney (Puffin), A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J K Rowling (Pottermore).
David Naggar, vice president of Kindle, said: “We are excited to make Arabic language Kindle books available to the hundreds of millions of Arabic speakers around the world. This is another step in our ongoing work to provide more choice and selection to readers.”
Bassam Chebaro, c.e.o. of Arab Scientific Publishers, said: “We are thrilled to offer our leading Arabic language book selection to Kindle customers around the world,” said “We’ve already seen great interest from our finest authors, writers, and scholars, to publish their Arabic titles for Kindle.”
Bestselling Arabic author Ahlam Mosteghanemi said the new store will "break distances between the Arabic book and its readers".
“Finally, my work will reach Arabic readers across the world,” he said. “I am thrilled that Amazon has opened this service, breaking the distances between the Arabic book and its readers.”