Saturday, August 20, 2011

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You don't need to visit these libraries or spend hours at every aisle before you decide on which book to borrow. Their catalogues are available with a search option and at the click of a mouse, the books you want are delivered at your doorstep. Tech-savvy, convenient and economic, online libraries are fast growing into a trend, says Anusha Parthasarathy

Amrutash Misra believes that while more people are reading now than ever before, the number of libraries in Chennai is startlingly low. Hence, in December 2009, Sahil Gore, a VIT Pune graduate and Amrutash, an alumnus of IIT Madras, quit their jobs to begin

“There are only about 15 to 20 online libraries and a much less number is actually functioning as full-fledged physical libraries in the city,” says Amrutash. “We decided not to charge a late fee or have a due date because the whole point is to make people read.”

And with his 3200-strong library growing by 200 books every month, Amrutash and his team of 12 keep the spirit of reading alive. “We have about 2,000 customers across schools, corporates and individuals. We also do school programmes, recommend books to readers and share reading lists of people with similar tastes. Most of the books we buy are also recommendations from our readers. We can't offer the ambience that physical libraries do but this facility has its own advantages.”

Full report here Hindu

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