September 17, 2023

The Publishing Industry in Saudi Arabia

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Rising Popularity Faced with Increasing Challenges

The ongoing discussion about publishing and translation in Saudi Arabia has caught the attention of investors, publishers and observers alike. They are all curious to know more details about these sectors, and about their future. This desire is fuelled by the huge and rapid advancements in these fields, especially since electronic publication took the industry by storm, gaining popularity very quickly.

Saudi Arabia is a promising market for traditional publishing and translation. The industry has been growing for the past 20 years. There are 500 publishing houses operating in the country, with yearly investments in the sector estimated at around SAR 4.5bn.

The industry is growing rapidly and gaining in popularity. This fact is confirmed by Google Trends statistics, which indicate a high demand for publishing and translation services by authors inside Saudi Arabia. However, traditional paper publications are losing their market share, as digitization is well under way.

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