Jamalon.com is a bilingual (English and Arabic) online marketplace catering for print books, ebooks, audio books, book reviews, and online communities for readers.
As a teenager fascinated with computer programming, Ala AlSallal volunteered for Ruwwad, an Amman-headquartered non-profit community development organization, teaching other young people basic computer literacy. With the support of Ruwwad’s founder Fadi Ghandour, who became his mentor, Ala launched Jamalon – which means ‘top of the pyramid’ – in October 2010.
Jamalon now delivers over 10 million Arabic and English titles to 22 MENA countries. They have also forged strong partnerships with over 3,000 Arabic and 27,000 English-language publishers.
Ala announced Jamalon’s latest venture at the recent Abu Dhabi Book Fair – Jamalon Print on Demand. The service aims to fill major gaps in the region’s publishing industry, opening doors to those authors and publishers to whom traditional offset print are not a viable option due to the budget, timeframes and distribution networks restraints.