The 10,000 mark was reached earlier this month, and currently featured titles include Tawfiq al-Hakim's Return of the Spirit (عودة الروح) and Taha Hussein's Colors (ألوان).
“Finally, my work will reach Arabic readers across the world,” said Ahlam Mosteghanemi.
"What is also surprising is that we expected the Gulf to be the greatest consumers of digital content as they have the strongest purchasing power. However we have found that Arabs living abroad are the most excited and invested in this digital content as they are unable to buy the books they want outside of the Middle East."
As part of this effort, the Emirates Literature Foundation helped identify and curate "a collection of over 50 Arabic books in the Google Play Books store that will be discounted at 90 per cent off."
The launch of Kotobi had a ripple effect, as Aboulfotouh sees it, and as a result there are a growing number of initiatives coming out of Egypt.
In June 2012, Eman Hylooz and Tamim Al Manaseer co-founded Abjjad, an Arabic social network for books with a big vision.
Kotobi.Com, a major new Arabic ebookstore, launched at the end of this year's Cairo International Book Fair. Managing Director Ashraf Maklad discussed the project's challenges and opportunities, and what hurdles still need to be cleared.
A number of you have asked about this. So, if you're in Cairo, "The International Media Network Services for Human Rights (IMNS4HR, Sweden) and Townhouse, Cairo have joined efforts to offer The Arabic Digital Book Expression Program, a series of workshops focusing on creating Arabic digital books."
Jason Merkoski spoke with NYTimes about his new book, Burning the Page, and the future of ebooks. When he was asked about the downside of trusting our literary future to a few tech companies, he said: "Frankly, I don’t trust the executives at any e-book retailer when it comes to censorship."
First off, let's just say there is something faintly irritating about this headline, from The Media Line, which links Arabs, e-books, and moral temperature. Arabs---I know I get boring; I repeat myself---are too big and varied a group to get hot and cold all at once. And, if we're to speak about Egyptians, most of … Continue reading Do E-Books Leave Arabs ‘Cold’?