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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Arabic Books and Translations - True Freedom? - Dr Bhaskar Dasgupta

There is an interesting aspect to this article bemoaning the lack of translations into Arabic. How do we fare in this respect? Anyone knows about the statistics? How many books are translated into regional languages? How many books are published annually - a breakdown? How many copies of each book are bought? How many book stores per 100,000 we have? - t

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Reading this comment, I agree. In my travels around the country, the number of book shops were way too little but I did not realise that Kuwait does not have a bookstore at all. I did not see any bookstores in Riyadh, Bahrain, Jeddah, Dahran, Sharjah or perhaps I was not going to the right places. Sad. Same with Dubai, that great playground of the rich and famous, very sad collection of books, the little there is. Some time back, I was waiting in Dubai Airport and went looking to purchase some books, and couldn't find any. None!. [click on the heading to read it in full]


Blogger Atif Abdul-Rahman said...

WEll there are some books clubs in all the countries you have mentioned and most ppl shop online.

As for Saudia, Jareer Book store is pretty big, they have all sorts of books. I was there a month ago and they told me their sales have doubled since last year on books.

There was a book on thier bestsellers section called 'THe girls of Riyadh', the first page read, the book is banned in Saudi Arabia and there it was on the best sellers section of one of the most popular book stores in Riyadh

Strange na, u know...stereotypes sell!

February 02, 2008 6:29 AM  

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