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Initial post: Jul 28, 2013 5:36:10 PM PDT
A. Mutrib says:
I'm planning to publish many ebooks in Arabic. I was surprised to find that Kindle doesn't support Arabic as of yet (although Android supports Arabic since 2.3).

My question is, does Amazon have any plans to support publishing ebooks in Arabic for Kindle?


Posted on Jul 28, 2013 5:39:09 PM PDT
No one here would have any idea. We're just customers here. You could call Kindle Support, but they never give out information on upcoming features until the features are officially announced. It would require a software update on every Kindle that would support it. I understand that it is very difficult to support Arabic.

Posted on Jul 28, 2013 5:44:19 PM PDT
A. Mutrib says:
Thank you Susan

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 28, 2013 5:45:27 PM PDT
Artist says:
There very few countries that use the Arabic language in which Amazon can even sell Kindles, due to government restrictions. Maybe that's why they haven't made it a priority to include Arabic language support.

Posted on Jul 28, 2013 6:42:50 PM PDT
A. Mutrib says:
Hi The Artist,

It's true that Kindle is not sold officially in the Arab countries; however, there are 300 million Arabs who can use the Kindle app on iOS devices. Those are desperate to have Arabic content on their iDevice. I'm a shareholder in a publishing house and have many Arabic titles ready to publish on Kindle. I just need Amazon's permission to do so. Our customers have been hammering us with questions and requests to offer our books on Kindle store. BTW, Apple does allow Arabic content on iBooks, still in the process of finalizing the application.


In reply to an earlier post on Jul 28, 2013 6:59:57 PM PDT
Artist says:
I'm not saying that it wouldn't be a good thing, since I know there are Arabic speaking people outside of the Middle East, I was just suggesting a possible reason that it has not been supported so far.

You can suggest Arabic language support by sending an e-mail to

I wouldn't mention Apple if I were you.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 28, 2013 9:16:20 PM PDT
CBRetriever says:
they can use the app, but Amazon still can't sell kindle content to those countries

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 28, 2013 9:30:31 PM PDT
J. Donahue says:
Perhaps you should check with the many government agencies that permit and license content in the countries that you want to publish in. Amazon would have to sign multiple agreements with these agencies and agree to some sort of copyright regulation in order to allow for ebook usage on a Kindle e-reader or app.

It's not about Amazon giving you permission. It's about Amazon being given permission to market the content in those countries.

Posted on Jul 28, 2013 9:52:39 PM PDT
Kindles also have to support Arabic text, which they do not yet do.

Posted on Jul 29, 2013 1:04:07 AM PDT
A. Mutrib says:
Thanks everyone,
Just FYI, we are a UK based company, we exploring the possibility of opening an office in Dubai.


In reply to an earlier post on Jan 16, 2014 8:06:32 AM PST
Hi Abdul- I'm interested in e-publishing Arabic books myself and have a company in Dubai. Would be interested in exploring possible opportunities for partnership and collaboration.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 16, 2014 8:53:00 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 16, 2014 8:59:11 AM PST
Paxton says:
While currently, Arabic is not supported on the Kindle for free-flowing text, it can be seen on the Kindle in the form of PDF's. These, of course, aren't as convenient as free-flowing Kindle text which can change font-size, etc.

Posted on Jan 16, 2014 9:03:40 AM PST
Hi A. Mutrib,

I had to remove your post to protect your privacy, as it contained an e-mail address. Please be careful not to include any personal information such as an order number, e-mail address, or phone number when posting in our forums.

Posted on Jan 16, 2014 2:38:34 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 16, 2014 2:44:09 PM PST
PS56k says:
just wondering if any of the Kindles - hardware versions or app versions -
support any of the "symbol" based languages like...
asian, cyrillic, hebrew, etc ?

1 - are the screens/menus in that language ?
2 - are the books in free format & flowed ?

just curious how they might compare to the other "character" based languages based upon the Latin script.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 16, 2014 2:44:37 PM PST

Customize to Your Language

Kindle Paperwhite 3G can be used in English, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Simplified Chinese. You can easily select the language that you are most comfortable with, and enjoy instant dictionary lookups in any of these languages.


Global Language Support

Kindle supports the display of non-Latin characters, so you can read books and documents in your favorite language. Kindle displays Cyrillic (such as Russian), Japanese, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), and Korean characters, in addition to Latin and Greek scripts. Kindle also provides access to several international dictionaries.

Posted on Mar 2, 2014 5:14:33 AM PST
Moheb Rofail says:
I was about publishing my Arabic book, but I've just known that it's impossible :/

Posted on Feb 20, 2015 10:37:33 AM PST
Kaih_ says:
It's a language so it will be easy on them to support.

Posted on Feb 20, 2015 10:51:55 AM PST
It is, in fact, not all that easy to support Arabic, or other right-to-left languages.

Posted on Feb 20, 2015 2:36:14 PM PST
It's as easy as posting on a year-old thread to say something that adds no value whatsoever.
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