Monday, April 13, 2009

Online libraries a hit in Delhi

An Indian Express feature says that even as public libraries are closing, online ones are mushrooming.

An avid reader, IT consultant Shilpa Srivastava reads several titles simultaneously. But her method of borrowing books has changed over the past one year. She no more visits the local library — instead, she has moved to home delivery.

Maisra Malik, 32, a librarian herself and member of several others, also borrows books online. At a time when public libraries are steadily losing readers, online book rental services, merely two years old as a business, are gaining customers in the city. Ironically, however, the service came riding on the demise of a ‘real’ bookshop.

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