5 May 2010

Tunisia: National Library Books Digitized

Tunis — A number of books of Tunisian National Library recently jointed the digital era. Electronic books in Arabic and French as part of the eBooks Project in Tunisia can be downloaded via smart phones such as iPod, iPhone and iPad.

This initiative was conducted namely by "Sanabil Med Company", specializing in digital publishing.

Mrs. Sana Fathallah-Ghenima director of the company stressed that "the company decided to include 15 books and rare manuscript on digital devices" adding that "the books listed deal with avariety of disciplines, themes and sectors".

Zoubeir Turki's book which was issued by Tunisia's National Library in honor of the late painter was one of the books that were digitized. The book showcases paintings and drawings of Zoubeir Turki in books and periodicals.

Tunisia's National Library announced on its website that "it is proud to put online the first online iPhone application for reading eBooks".

The library has a fund of one million books, 40,000 manuscripts and 16,000 periodical collections.

As far as digital devices are concerned, the library will help facilitate the consultation of its funds and to discover its riches by putting them within reach of users as well as provide an alternate method to better preserve the original documents.

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