Souq.com launches six-million-strong Global Bookstore

New category launched with an eye on the UAE’s National Reading Initiative

Souq.com Global Bookstore
The Global Bookstore section of the website includes everything from bestsellers to business textbooks

UAE-based online retailing major Souq.com has launched its Global Bookstore. Visitors to the site can now pick and purchase from a selection of more than six million books. The move was carried out in line with the UAE government’s National Reading Initiative, which aims to establish a national framework that helps prepare a generation of readers, reinforcing its position as a capital of content, culture and knowledge.

Souq’s Global Bookstore features a phenomenal assortment of works covering classifications including culture, children, family, education and business.

“We are delighted to launch the books category to provide our customers with easy access to such a large assortment of books and we plan to grow further in future,” says Ronaldo Mouchawar, CEO and Co-Founder of Souq.com. “We look forward to cooperating with national organisations concerned with reading and knowledge, mainly the Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation and Dubai e-Library. This category expansion comes at an interesting time when we are witnessing new momentum in the culture of reading across the region.”

According to a recent survey by the Arab Reading Index, people in the UAE read for around 57 hours a year, well above the average of 35 hours for the rest of the Arab world. They also read 24 books a year compared with the regional average of 16.

E-commerce in the Middle East is continuing to show robust growth, supported by the acceleration of m-commerce. According to a 2016 report by global consultancy AT Kearney, the e-commerce market in the GCC is expected to grow to $20 billion (Dh73.4 billion) by 2020 from $5.3 billion in 2015.

You can view the list of books on sale at Souq.com here.