Sharjah, April 21, 2020Sharjah World Book Capital (SWBC) has partnered with audiobook platform Kitab Sawti — the world’s largest Arabic language audiobook library — to offer a free 3-month membership to 5,000 people around the world. This partnership comes as part of SWBC’s efforts in supporting the knowledge creation industry as well as giving all members of society easy access to education and entertainment. This is especially important with the current challenges and retrictions caused by the COVID-19 crisis.
Using the code “Sharjahwbc”, visitors will have unlimited access to a world-class audiobook service which contains more than 2,500 titles and has exclusive copyrights to 5,000 Arabic and translated versions of international bestsellers. The titles cover a wide range of topics and fields including economics, politics, literature, history, and technology.
Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi, Head of the Advisory Committee of Sharjah World Book Capital (SWBC), said: “The exceptional circumstances facing the world due to the coronavirus pandemic have offered us an impetus to continue supporting the publishing sector, including publishers, entrepreneurs, authors and readers with innovative solutions. By investing in the options that audiobooks offer, we aim to target the largest segment of book lovers and provide a larger number of people access to an exceptional selection of books, which aligns with SWBC’s vision to bring books and knowledge to all segments of society.”
“This partnership is a continuation of Sharjah’s efforts to support the Arab and international publishing industries, their smart innovations in particular, and reflects the strength of SWBC’s commitment to bring books and people together,” Sheikha Bodour added.
Both existing and new users can avail this special offer. New users must create an account by registering online at kitabsawti.com, while existing subscribers to follow a few easy steps on their account to get their free three-month membership. The promotion code ‘Sharjahwbc’ will be available for the first 5,000 users.
The code is only redeemable on the Kitab Sawti website. Only one code per user. Users who already have a premium s
ubscription to the service are not eligible to avail this special promotion.
The International Committee of the World Book Capitals at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural organization (UNESCO) named Sharjah the World Book Capital 2019 in appreciation of its vital role in supporting books, promoting reading and adopting knowledge in cross-cultural communication. The title is given to Sharjah in recognition of its great efforts to foster reading as a robust culture at the regional and international levels. Sharjah is the first city in the GCC countries and the third in the Arab world and Middle East to win this nomination after Alexandria and Beirut.
About Kitab Sawti
Kitab Sawti is considered one of the largest audiobook platforms in the world. It is home to an extensive collection of Arabic books and translations for major Arab and international authors including Abbas Mahmoud Al Akkad, Jamal Al Ghitani, Ibrahim Nasrallah, Dr Ahmed Khaled Tawfiq, among others. The platform also contains a large variety of international best-sellers including The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and many titles accessible through a smart application on Apple’s Appstore and Google Play Store.
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