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Rakan Alenizy

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Why there is no Arabic language for publishing kindle?
Posted: Nov 28, 2017 2:44 PM
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I'm wondering why I can't submit my E-book in Arabic, Arabic language is one of the widest languages in the world,
more than one Billion of the people who can speak it, and READ IT.

there's a lot of profit from supporting it, imagine the opportunities that it will bring, big title books that can be translated and sold to this audience.
imagine what that opportunity will bring to the struggling Authors, whom going to be benefit from the opportunity of their books to be able to translate and sell to this new audience?

Amazon PLEASE, it's not really hard if you take it seriously.
maybe there's a technical issue, but I'm pretty sure you can handle it.
Diana Persaud

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Re: Why there is no Arabic language for publishing kindle?
Posted: Nov 28, 2017 3:30 PM   in response to: Rakan Alenizy in response to: Rakan Alenizy
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I suspect it’s because the laws about what can be published are stringent and the Zon doesn’t think it will be worth the headache to vet all published books and make sure they are in compliance.
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Posted: Nov 28, 2017 4:07 PM   in response to: Rakan Alenizy in response to: Rakan Alenizy
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more than one Billion of the people who can speak it, and READ IT.

But how many are buying ebooks? How many own Kindles? And how many Arabic-speaking countries are open to American internet businesses without censorship or taxation or other obstacles? Amazon is a business, not an educational institution.

(Don't trust KDP to publish a print edition. Don't trust CreateSpace to publish an ebook. Each does one thing well and the other thing poorly.)

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Re: Why there is no Arabic language for publishing kindle?
Posted: Nov 28, 2017 4:31 PM   in response to: Rakan Alenizy in response to: Rakan Alenizy
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What would be the point? If you look at a map of where Amazon can openly distribute, it looks very much like the map issued by the BBC when Doctor Who had a huge worldwide premier a couple of years ago -- the Middle East and places like it were swathed in darkness. Before advances can be made, there has to be an opportunity to do so and some incentive. Amazon has a commercial presence in China, via buying up an existing electronics website, but as a book market it's deader than India -- no incentive to expand to include Mandarin despite the presence.
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Posted: Nov 28, 2017 6:47 PM   in response to: Salamander Mall... in response to: Salamander Mall...
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Salamander Mallory wrote:
What would be the point? If you look at a map of where Amazon can openly distribute, it looks very much like the map issued by the BBC when Doctor Who had a huge worldwide premier a couple of years ago -- the Middle East and places like it were swathed in darkness. Before advances can be made, there has to be an opportunity to do so and some incentive. Amazon has a commercial presence in China, via buying up an existing electronics website, but as a book market it's deader than India -- no incentive to expand to include Mandarin despite the presence.

I know, right? There is no profit in censorship. Considering the majority of e-book sales comes from Romance (and erotica), I doubt those countries would be open to receiving those kinds of books. Honestly, a lot of books on Amazon would be banned, so there is no reason to invest in a country where the chance of making a profit is nil.
Laura

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Re: Why there is no Arabic language for publishing kindle?
Posted: Nov 28, 2017 8:10 PM   in response to: Diana Persaud in response to: Diana Persaud
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Diana Persaud wrote:
Salamander Mallory wrote:
What would be the point? If you look at a map of where Amazon can openly distribute, it looks very much like the map issued by the BBC when Doctor Who had a huge worldwide premier a couple of years ago -- the Middle East and places like it were swathed in darkness. Before advances can be made, there has to be an opportunity to do so and some incentive. Amazon has a commercial presence in China, via buying up an existing electronics website, but as a book market it's deader than India -- no incentive to expand to include Mandarin despite the presence.

I know, right? There is no profit in censorship. Considering the majority of e-book sales comes from Romance (and erotica), I doubt those countries would be open to receiving those kinds of books. Honestly, a lot of books on Amazon would be banned, so there is no reason to invest in a country where the chance of making a profit is nil.


This reminds me of that bloke who was deported from Saudi Arabia for being too handsome. The authorities feared the mere sight of him would corrupt women, and he was fully dressed. Now think of all those book covers with shirtless hunks on them...
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Re: Why there is no Arabic language for publishing kindle?
Posted: Nov 28, 2017 8:25 PM   in response to: Laura in response to: Laura
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Laura wrote:
Diana Persaud wrote:
Salamander Mallory wrote:
What would be the point? If you look at a map of where Amazon can openly distribute, it looks very much like the map issued by the BBC when Doctor Who had a huge worldwide premier a couple of years ago -- the Middle East and places like it were swathed in darkness. Before advances can be made, there has to be an opportunity to do so and some incentive. Amazon has a commercial presence in China, via buying up an existing electronics website, but as a book market it's deader than India -- no incentive to expand to include Mandarin despite the presence.

I know, right? There is no profit in censorship. Considering the majority of e-book sales comes from Romance (and erotica), I doubt those countries would be open to receiving those kinds of books. Honestly, a lot of books on Amazon would be banned, so there is no reason to invest in a country where the chance of making a profit is nil.

This reminds me of that bloke who was deported from Saudi Arabia for being too handsome. The authorities feared the mere sight of him would corrupt women, and he was fully dressed. Now think of all those book covers with shirtless hunks on them...


Oddly enough, Saudi Arabia granted citizenship to a gyndroid (female robot) who now wants to have a family. Clerics are in an uproar because she will not cover up properly. Contrary to some reports, however, she was not beheaded by an angry mob. Sometimes I think I got away from science fiction because the real world was even weirder. That, and all my favorite writers are dead.
Rakan Alenizy

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Re: Why there is no Arabic language for publishing kindle?
Posted: Nov 29, 2017 5:06 AM   in response to: Rakan Alenizy in response to: Rakan Alenizy
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Ok, I'll pretend I didn't read some of the responses here, and I'll move on.

the point is, it's not really that hard to support.
I can publish a kindle in Arabic, it's just read the wrong way, it's a matter of RTL (Right-to-lift) support
Wordpress themes had solved this issue by enabling this feature.
I'm hundred percent sure, that a small developer team can solve this without much effort.
Just enable it on Kindle.

Ok, maybe all 1 billion Arabic speakers not gonna READ, maybe it's only 1%
that still 10 million customers!
Ralph E Vaughan

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Posted: Nov 29, 2017 5:31 AM   in response to: Rakan Alenizy in response to: Rakan Alenizy
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I agree with you -- you didn't read the responses to your question. I'm sure everyone is pleased to have wasted their time.

For KDP, I imagine it's not a matter of can't support, but don't want to. And why should they? If you can come up with a real reason why they should throw money into a sinkhole (it's not like they haven't done it in the past, and continue to do so now) you can let them know by way of the Contact Us button at the bottom of the page.
Rakan Alenizy

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Posted: Nov 29, 2017 6:59 AM   in response to: Ralph E Vaughan in response to: Ralph E Vaughan
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I only overlooked useless comments. (yours was one of them, incase you wonder)
thanks for the suggestion, but I'll stick here to annoy :)
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Posted: Nov 29, 2017 7:13 AM   in response to: Rakan Alenizy in response to: Rakan Alenizy
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Rakan Alenizy wrote:
I only overlooked useless comments. (yours was one of them, incase you wonder)
thanks for the suggestion, but I'll stick here to annoy :)

How would you know without reading it?
Rakan Alenizy

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Posted: Nov 29, 2017 7:15 AM   in response to: Donna St Felix in response to: Donna St Felix
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Magical powers :D
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Posted: Nov 29, 2017 8:12 AM   in response to: Rakan Alenizy in response to: Rakan Alenizy
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Rakan Alenizy wrote:
I only overlooked useless comments. (yours was one of them, incase you wonder)
thanks for the suggestion, but I'll stick here to annoy :)

When you post a comment on a public forum, you get what you get and if you don't like it that's just tt. Personally, I thought Ralph's post was hilarious and more than a little ironic, that some homicidal fanatics are willing to extend to a robot the rights they deny women.

Whether you go or stay, I'm sure nobody cares one way or another. The forum is populated by loons of all stripes, so what's one more? As to you going on here about something better handled via the Contact Us button, well, we got more than a few chronic whiners too. Have a nice day.
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Re: Why there is no Arabic language for publishing kindle?
Posted: Nov 29, 2017 8:17 AM   in response to: Rakan Alenizy in response to: Rakan Alenizy
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Rakan Alenizy wrote:
I only overlooked useless comments. (yours was one of them, incase you wonder)
thanks for the suggestion, but I'll stick here to annoy :)

No, I had hadn't wondered, actually. As to the other ... whatever makes you happy.
Rakan Alenizy

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Re: Why there is no Arabic language for publishing kindle?
Posted: Nov 29, 2017 9:45 AM   in response to: Salamander Mall... in response to: Salamander Mall...
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Salamander Mallory wrote:
Rakan Alenizy wrote:
I only overlooked useless comments. (yours was one of them, incase you wonder)
thanks for the suggestion, but I'll stick here to annoy :)

When you post a comment on a public forum, you get what you get and if you don't like it that's just tt. Personally, I thought Ralph's post was hilarious and more than a little ironic, that some homicidal fanatics are willing to extend to a robot the rights they deny women.

Whether you go or stay, I'm sure nobody cares one way or another. The forum is populated by loons of all stripes, so what's one more? As to you going on here about something better handled via the Contact Us button, well, we got more than a few chronic whiners too. Have a nice day.

oh that's fine, people have all right to say what they feel, I in the other hand, have the right to ignore what I feel like ignoring, because
I know engaging these comment will take this thread to other places I don't feel it's gonna be helpful.
and I know all forums have those loons you mentioned, so I can't stay here and take your place among them,
have a good day or not, nobody cares.

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