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Etisalat Award for Arabic Children’s Literature announces new category SHARJAH Staff Report The Etisalat Award for Arabic Children’s Literature will be accepting entries in the new Digital Book App of the Year category that carries a prize worth Dh100,000. The award offering a prize purse of Dh1.2 million in six categories is organised by the UAE Board on Books for Young People and sponsored by Etisalat. Organisers said that the award is open to all publishers and app developers whose products are designed for youth aged 18 years and under.

The category will accept products for Android, iOS, Kindle and ePub3. All entries must be in Arabic, and should be released before the date of submission. The jury will select the winner based on graphic quality, audio quality, artistic and technical excellence and informational value, with particular reference to overall publishing excellence and innovation. Constant development Marwa Al Aqroubi, president of UAE Board on Books for Young People’s Executive Board, said the award has been constantly developing and expanding its categories. “Tablets, mobile phones and other smart devices have become fundamental to acquire, transfer and exchange knowledge. Digital application developers have become partners and key players in the publishing industry,” she said. The jury will comprise publishing sector experts, including graphic designers, interactive design specialists and new media reviewer.