Cos come up with own apps and websites that offer Gujarati books.
To target the online reader and encourage reading of Gujarati books, a number of companies have come up with their own apps and websites that they are propagating at the Ahmedabad National Book Fair. Here we list a few of them.
‘Gujarati Books’ app: Noticing a gradual dip in the sales of books over the past 2 to 3 years, R R Sheth & Co Pvt Ltd has developed an app for android phones, iphones and tablets that offers Gujarati books for all Gujarati booklovers.
“For us sales is not important. Books should reach the customers; that’s our main goal. We are the first publication to create an app,” said Ratnaraj B Sheth, director. The app is currently available at Google Play Store. “This app will soon be available on Google Books, Amazon Kindle and Apple store,” Ratnaraj added.
Gujarati Pride e-book reader: Designed by Nichetech, a web applications and smart mobile apps development company, this app is every Gujarati’s delight. It is a relatively new app and consists of only 11 Gujarati ebooks as of now like Prit Kare Pokar, Shabdo na Sur and others. “These are copyrighted free books. We earn through ad revenue,” Mahendra Sharma, co-founder of Nichetech, said.
“This can be easily downloadable in mobiles and tablets. However, some tablet-related modifications will be updated in another couple of days,” Sharma said. In the second version of the app, they plan to bring in all the major publications. “So anyone who uses our app will be able to download the book of any publication. This will cost money. We are also in talks with Jain Books Publishers to promote Jain literature.” he explained.
ebookpublisher.in: This website digitises rare books in Gujarati, English and Hindi of authors who don’t have money. “We are here for branding and marketing of these books,” Himanshu Vyas, owner of the website, said. “We take the books, scan them and digitise them. We charge Rs 2 to 3 for each page; maximum Rs 5,” Vyas said. Most of the books are from B J Institute of Learning and Research. The company is also working on creating an app for mobiles and tablets.
Syahee.com: This website is the brainchild of Sanket Joshi who firmly believes in bringing all the Indian languages on a single platform. “It’s platform to encourage new writers and poets on a global platform,” said Sanket who first launched the website in March. The website is the official online media partner of the book fair. “Anyone can join the website. You can easily sign in through Google or Yahoo accounts,” he said.
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Published by Ahmedabad Mirror (Times Group) on May 2, 2013.