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You can now do it online in Jordan: Aleef Express, Jamalon, and Hellofood Jordan as examples.

Recently, I came to know about this online food ordering company called “Hellofood Jordan”. This is an international company that has now opened a branch in Jordan. This promoted me to write this article. I am now amazed by the new widespread of online shopping options in Jordan. Today, I was happy to read about the service of Hellofood Jordan. You can order food from many restaurants with few clicks of you mouse or even, as in this great shopping option, with few touches of your fingers! This is a lot for me! Why?

I come from a small almost “isolated” village in the south of Jordan. It was until last June that I finished medical school and started living considerable days of the month in Amman. Since coming to our capital, I have been discovering the greatness of online marketing that is now available in Amman. “You can google for it!” In the past, this is a phrase that I had associated in almost entirely with searching for information. But no, in Amman, unlike in Smakieh, I started hearing this sentence when someone wants to buy something or get a service. These are three examples of online shopping options in Jordan nowadays.

My younger brother is a vet and works in a pet animals company called Aleef Express (You can also find Aleef on facebook here). My brother’s company gets many customers simply from internet search engines. At the beginning, because of my Village mentality, I did not believe how can a company trust a person who just calls and make an order. “Well,” my brother told me simply, “we have been always operating like this… This is normal in Amman”.

Logo of Aleef Express Pet Animals Copmany - Amman, Jordan

Logo of Aleef Express Pet Animals Copmany – Amman, Jordan

My borther’s company offers a lot of services for pet animals. In their website, you can read about them and order them all online. And yes, does your dog feel lonely? Be sure to check the Aleef Dog Walk.

Services provided by the Aleef Express Company, Amman, Jordan.

Services provided by the Aleef Express Company, Amman, Jordan.

Less than two months ago, my brother tried a Jordanian online books-selling website called Jamalon. This is also an amazing website that provides an online service. Who still has time to go to bookshops and start searching for books? Jamalon allows you to buy books through the internet. Again, I could not (and actually, still cannot) believe how such website operates. You order the books through the internet… You pay only upon the books’ arrival at your house. My brother tried it and bought two Arabic books for Dale Carnegie. And yes, my brother only paid after the books were delivered to a place he chose in return for an small “delivery charge”. Isn’t this amazing? I knew of Amazon.com, which provides a similar service, but an Arabic online book-selling website that operates in my country, this is my first!

Logo and description of Jamalon Arab Bookstore

Logo and description of Jamalon Arab Bookstore

Now, I am more impressed to know of online meals-buying websites called “Hellofood Jordan“. I am impressed because I know how hard is it to convince someone to buy a meal for you. I am not forgetting home delivery that each separate restaurant offers. I expect the time it takes to search for the number of a restaurant that you expect to have a meal you like, and then call to inquire about the meals, and then inquire about the prices, then give your home address… I think Hellofood Jordan will put an end to this misery. We are now in the 21st century!

Logo of Hellofood Jordan

Logo of Hellofood Jordan

Hellofood Jordan operates in a similar fashion to Aleef and Jamalon: Online ordering via the internet. The following is a screen shot from their main page:

Only four easy steps for ordering a meal from Hellofood Jordan!

Only four easy steps for ordering a meal from Hellofood Jordan!

Through Hellofood Jordan, I can see that you can so far order from 25 restaurants. Nonetheless, they cover versatile cuisines: pizzas, burgers, and in case I got Indian or Japanese readers in Jordan, Indian food, and Japanese food, only to name a few.

Moreover, I think that Hellofood Jordan will have an even more advantage because I read in their website that a mobile app of there is “coming soon”. They are now planning to allow food ordering via a mobile Application. Does another online-meals-company in Jordan have this service? I do not think so. Will Hellofood Jordan be the “first”? Let’s wait and see!

Hellofood Jordan: Ordering meals via a mobile app?

Hellofood Jordan: Ordering meals via a mobile app?

I have never ever tried Hellofood Jordan. When I have a good salary (because I am now a training doctor in the MOH, Jordan. Training doctors receive only 96.5 JD/month), then I think that the sum of money that this you pay extra for delivery is nothing compared to the time it saves you for going and buying the food yourself. Or even more, to request this person or that to make you a ‘favor’ and bring your lunch B6areeghom (in their way; while they are coming to where you are). I do not think that you can find a lot of such Samaritans! Moreover, you can ask for a favor not for more than once or twice… I do not think that anyone can bring your food: whenever you want it, from whichever restaurant you want it, and to wherever you want it! I will give it a try in the future!

What about you, have you ever tried Aleef, Jamalon, or Hellofood Jordan? What do you think?


Update 22/01/2014:
The hellofood app is out and you can now download it here:
Google Play store.
– Apple App Store.

I think that Jamalon, Aleef, or any other company should have a similar app! Technology is great!

Eight months after the closure of Library.nu: Are there any good alternatives for downloading free e-books?

In February 2012, the great book sharing website library.nu was closed after a court order issued by “The International Publishers Association and the German Publishers and Booksellers Association“. The question that immediately arised: Are there alternatives to library.nu?

For months, I only knew three good websites. None of them, however, was as good as library.nu. The one I liked the most was a website called the “BookFinder“. Today, I found a new website that seems to be a good candidate to be called the “Successor of Library.nu”. This website impressed me by the number of books it contains. In addition, and more importantly, it impressed me by the fact that you do not have to wait before downloading any book; all downloads start automatically without even the need for typing a CAPTCHA.  Finally, it allows you to simultaneously download multiple  books . This great website is called LegalReads.

Concerning the other “not bad” library.nu-like websites, I personally recommend the Book Finder website. Through my experience during the past months, it was the best one of all others.

Compared with LegalReads.com, there are certain problems with the BookFinder. Firstly, there is a download limitation in which you cannot download more than a specific number of books at a time (LegalReads allows multiple simultaneous downloads). Secondly, downloads takes longer time to start (LegalReads downloads virtually start in less than 10 seconds). Finally, and most troubling, sometimes, BookFinder used to give me a message that the book I wanted to download is “not available for downloading at the time being” and to “come back later“. Apart from these three minor disadvantages, my first impression is that both the BookFinder website and the LegalReads website contain the same number of e-books. Only further experimentation will reveal the difference.

There are other two alternatives. However, they are very unreliable. Nonetheless, maybe you can use them as a last resort if  you could not find the book you wanted in the above two websites:

1)  Library Genesis Project

2) Free Book Spot

Update 20/01/2013:

www.legalreads.com is now closed. In my opinion, this leaves the BookFinder as the “Heir of Library.nu”. After using it for more than 1.5 years, here is my review of it.

Below is a compilation of different books websites. I compiled them from different sources in addition to comments posted in my Blog. I feel indebted to thank “boral” who contributed a nice list of 10 popular websites. Please, like boral did, if you know about other “good” websites not mentioned in my list, then drop a comment!

Note: The websites followed by five red  starts (*****) are the best in my opinion.

Books websites:

www.en.bookfi.org: Absolutely the best. On top of the main page today (28.02.2014), the owners wrote that the website contains more than “2,221,712” books.

# www.ebdb.net: The main page today (28.02.2014) says that the website has “2 284 324 books”. *****

www.library-genesis.com *****

www.freebookspot.es  *****

# www.theaudiobookbay.com  *****

www.ebooklink.net/g/home*****

www.ebookee.org *****

www.dc-poisk.no-ip.org/

www.gen.lib.rus.ec

www.bookos.org

www.booksc.org

www.free-ebooks.net

www.archive.org

www.ebook-download-now.com

www.avaxsearch.com

# www.magazinesdownload.org/category/ebooks: As the website’s URL clearly indicates, this website is dedicated mainly to magazines. After exploring this website, I found an E-Book section. What is interesting that this section contains the NYT and USA Today best seller books each compressed in a rar file. For example, here is a link to a page in the website containing links to “NewYork Times Best Sellers 19 January 2014 Non-Fiction“.

www.ebook3000.com: Has a lot of magazine too.

www.epubbud.com: For epub books.

# ww.uz-translations.net: This websites is specialized with languages-related books, audio books, videos, and softwares.

www.plentyofebooks.net: This is an interesting website. I haven’t tested it yet but the design is excellent. This is a link to a page in the website linking to a torrent file containing 13.9 GB of books. They wrote, “We are taking the example of All-in-One torrent.

www.novels.ws: This website is dedicated for novels. However, it is still new. I discovered this website on 28.2.2014 through an Ad on the top of the main page of www.plentyofbooks.net. The Ad was: “Our New Site Novels.ws Launched.

# www.freescience.info: In their own words, “FreeScience.info provides more than 2000 free scientific books“.

# www.www.textbooknova.com: The website’s main page says, “Stop paying for college and high school level text books, get them here for free”. *****

www.avaxhome.cc/ebooks

# www.btdigg.org

www.monoskop.org/log/

Magazines:

www.magazinesdownload.org *****

www.worldmags.net: This website is specialzed with magazines. There are hundreds of magazines that are always updated. *****

www.ebook3000.com: It has books too.

# www.avaxhome.cc/magazines: The website is mainly for books and this is a section for magzines.

#  MyAnonaMouse.net: Audiobooks and books. You must be a user to surf the site.

Medical Books:

www.medicalbooksfree.com

www.downloadmedicalebook.blogspot.com

www.freebooks4doctors.com

www.freemedicaljournals.com

German Books and Magazines:

www.ebook-hell.to: This website is specialized with German books. *****

# www.almanii.blogspot.com: The best website. It has almost the most famous books, videos, dictionaries, and software. *****

www.magazinesdownload.org/category/german: German magazines section of this specialized magazines website.

# www.eng.bookfi.org: This famous website is not dedicated to German books nor does  it mention that it has German books. However, I could find many German books in it.

Arabic books:

www.aljlees.com: Al-Jlees library (Maktabat Aljalees). The biggest arabic books website that I know of. *****

# www.4shared.com: This famous file sharing website apparently does not delted Arabic books that are uploaded to it. I always find Arabic books there.