iKitab launches Arabic reading app for Android.

Yaqut app provides Arabic eBooks on smart devices

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iKitab launches Arabic reading app for Android. IKitab has developed a new technology that has been able provide Arabic eBooks on smart devices with various screen sizes.
By  Helen Gaskell Published  March 19, 2014

iKitab has launched Yaqut app, a free Arabic electronic library that is now available on all Android devices.

The company has developed a new technology that has been able provide Arabic eBooks on smart devices with various screen sizes.

Bilal Al-Khatib, chief executive officer (CEO) of iKitab said: “As specialists in the field of electronic publishing since 2010, we have uncovered the most important obstacles that hinder the success of publishing eBooks and the reasons for the reluctance of publishers to offer their books through online stores…Through advanced technologies implemented by Yaqut, which match international technologies in similar applications such as Amazon’s Kindle and Apple’s iBooks, we were able to protect the intellectual property for authors and publishers as well as help in spreading and promoting their content to the largest possible segment of people. We’re also helping publishers secure additional streams of revenue through every eBook download and page view by advertisement”.

Yaqut features a search tool for Arabic text; right-to-left browsing; and the ability to adapt automatically to the size and dimension of any screen. It can modify the font face and size as well as changing the background colour of the page. Yaqut allows users to switch to night mode, which adjusts the screen brightness to match the room lighting and has the ability to mark text, add notes, and bookmark pages.

Ammar Mardawi, chief technology officer (CTO) of iKitab, said: “To solve the technical issues, it was not enough to recreate technologies similar to the international leaders in eBook publishing in-house, we also had to fully support Arabic text. Unlike Latin languages, Arabic is quite unique when it comes to displaying text. While right-to-left browsing is what first comes to mind, the uniqueness of Arabic does not stop there. Much simpler things such as paragraph justification, for example, where Latin languages simply increase spaces between words to justify the lines' width, Arabic requires a special algorithm that increases the length of the word itself in a very [particular] manner perfected by Arabic calligraphers centuries ago.”

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