Spotify plans a MENA launch as thoughts turn to audiobooks. MENA’s digital genie is out of the bottle

With TechCrunch reporting Spotify is looking at tie-ups with Hulu, and possibly a tie-in with Scribd for audiobooks, comes news that Spotify will be a launching in the United Arab Emirates in 2018-19, and looking to make a mark on the MENA (Middle East – North Africa) region. First, let’s take a look at Spotify’s Read More …

ADIBF PAY app sets the scene for a digital books explosion in the Arab markets

Digital debates are nothing new at the Arab book fairs, but 2018 may prove the tipping point in which digital books start to become mainstream in the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region and other parts of the world hitherto considered indifferent to ebooks. The Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, which starts today in the Read More …

Amazon and Apple head for Saudi Arabia, but Kindle and iBooks stores unlikely

Having acquired Souq earlier this year it was inevitable Amazon’s interests would turn to the wider MENA (Middle East North Africa) region. And as 2017 ended it transpired both Amazon and Apple were negotiating with the Saudi authorities to do business in the kingdom. In Apple’s case negotiations are quite advanced, with a formal agreement expected Read More …