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Old 12-26-2017, 01:35 PM   #691
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It looks like Kindle books in Arabic are on their way. "KDP Now Supports Arabic eBooks (Beta)" according to a post on The Digital Reader.

I did some research and found that a bunch of free Arabic language books were made available on amazon.com about a week ago. There is even a (non-free) Harry Potter book available.

It appears that Arabic is only supported on the iOS and Android (including Fire OS) apps currently. They cannot be delivered to Kindle for PC or e-ink Kindles.

They also appear to be KFX only. All have Enhanced Typesetting and do not support "Download & Transfer via USB".
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Old 12-26-2017, 01:39 PM   #692
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It looks like Kindle books in Arabic are on their way. "KDP Now Supports Arabic eBooks (Beta)" according to a post on The Digital Reader.

I did some research and found that a bunch of free Arabic language books were made available on amazon.com about a week ago. There is even a (non-free) Harry Potter book available.

It appears that Arabic is only supported on the iOS and Android (including Fire OS) apps currently. They cannot be delivered to Kindle for PC or e-ink Kindles.

They also appear to be KFX only. All have Enhanced Typesetting and do not support "Download & Transfer via USB".
It looks like they are not available for any eink Kindle yet. None of my eink Kindles are supported either for the sample or purchase (only looked at the Harry Potter book so far).

No support for eink Kindles would also automatically shut down the download and transfer via usb which only works for eink.
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Old 12-26-2017, 01:47 PM   #693
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It looks like they are not available for any eink Kindle yet. None of my eink Kindles are supported either for the sample or purchase (only looked at the Harry Potter book so far).
I mentioned that in my post. It looks like Arabic support has not yet been added to those devices.

It makes sense to me that Amazon would prioritize making them available on Android and iOS. After all, those who speak Arabic are unlikely to own a Kindle since that language was not previously available there.

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No support for eink Kindles would also automatically shut down the download and transfer via usb which only works for eink.
That is not true. Download and transfer also normally works for Fire tablets, but it doesn't show up as an option for these books.
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I mentioned that in my post. It looks like Arabic support has not yet been added to those devices.
There is a difference between books. While the Harry Potter sample you posted does work correctly with RTL text and swiping "backwards" to advance, others do not. This one can be delivered to eink Kindles, but also does not allow download and transfer (at least the sample does not). But it also does not work right either on android app or my Oasis 2. Text is left-justified instead of right-justified, and advancing pages goes with a swipe from right to left (both wrong on eink and app).
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There is a difference between books. While the Harry Potter sample you posted does work correctly with RTL text and swiping "backwards" to advance, others do not. This one can be delivered to eink Kindles...
The Tom Sawyer book you found is different from the other Arabic language books I have seen. The others have "(Arabic Edition)" appended to the title, but that book has "Arabic edition" without the parentheses. More importantly it is coded incorrectly for Arabic. The metadata indicates LTR instead or RTL reading direction. It also embeds fonts instead of relying on the built in ones. I suspect that it isn't an "official" Arabic-language book, but something improperly published.

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... but also does not allow download and transfer (at least the sample does not).
That is normal for samples.
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Kindle Previewer version 3.17 has been released. The main change was adding support for MathML in KFX format.
I came across a little more information on support for MathML in Kindle e-books.

The 2017.4 release of the NVDA screen reader for windows includes:

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Early support for reading and interactive navigation of mathematical content for Kindle books with accessible math. (#7536)
The link to GitHub contains some technical details:

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Summary of the issue:
A future version of Kindle will expose MathML for books which contain it. We can thus provide access to math in those books using our existing math support.
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Known issues with pull request:
No known issues with the implementation. One concern is that content probably won't be publicly available before NVDA 2017.4 is released, so this won't get any public testing before release. However, we don't want to wait until 2018.1 for this to be available, so we're announcing it as "early support".
So, looks like it is coming soonish.
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And just think of all those Kindles out there where this will not work. For wider support, use SVG math instead.
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