Jordan’s EkTab and Egypt’s Kotobi are sell ebooks and print books online in the Middle East and Africa, where distribution poses a constant challenge.
Nathan Hull of Mofibo describes why he believes the Middle East and North Africa offer vast potential for publishers looking to expand internationally.
Cairo’s Kotob Khan Bookstore does far more than merely sell books: it serves as a community center, a gathering place — and now it’s a publisher as well.
One of the few literary agents focusing on Arabic, Yasmina Jraissati, discusses the non-existent role of the literary agent in the Middle East.
Upstart publishers in Iran are using ebooks and digital-only distribution as a way to circumvent government censors in Iran and reach willing readers.
The military conflicts in Syria, Yemen and Iraq have cut into MENA publishers’ ability to sell and distribute books, while piracy remains a top concern.
Publishers in the Middle East describe how they are trying to get around daily challenges, in particular falling book sales, resulting from instability.
David Hirsch, UCLA’s librarian for Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies, is on a mission to collect the best printed material from the Arab world.
Jordanian online bookseller Jamalon solves distribution and delivery in the Arab world by offering cash-on-delivery services.
The publisher of Actes Sud’s Sinbad and Babel lines of Arabic lit is also the not-so-secret historian of Arabic cuisine, Ziryab, now translated to Arabic.