(Persia Digest) - A group of Iranian and Afghan authors residing in the US and Europe have launched a campaign urging Amazon online store to recognize Persian as one of its official languages for book printing services.

As the world's largest online store, Amazon puts special emphasis on publishing and distributing printed and electronic books. The company has offered Kindle e-book reader which puts a wide range of facilities at the disposal of authors and publishers but it has still fallen short of recognizing the Persian language.

Until recently, CreateSpace self-publishing company used to offer publishing services in Persian on Amazon but since the latter took over the ownership of CreateSpace, those services have come to a stop.

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Mahyar Mazloumi, an Iranian poet and translator residing in Canada, has launched an internet campaign to collect 10,000 signatures in a bid to convince Amazon that there are numerous customers for printed and digital books in Persian.

According to Persia Digest (PD), Farsi or Persian is one of the official languages spoken in Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. The official language of India was Farsi before the country came under British colonial rule.

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The number of Persian speaking peoples across the world is estimated at 110 million. Farsi ranks ninth among the most used languages in websites, standing higher than Arabic, Turkish and other Middle Eastern languages.

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