Gone are days when you had to visit book bazaars or make repeated rounds of your seniors’ rooms to get expensive books and study materials for a low price. There are websites that allow you to borrow, sell and exchange college textbooks by connecting you with the right kind of people so that the hassle of this task reduces.
Sometimes, there are books that we wish to read but can’t manage to get hold of because of unavailability, high price or less number of prints. But someone around your locality might possess the book and has read them and now wants to part ways with it. These are exactly the kind of people the website allows you to connect with so that you can find your favorite book without putting much effort and for a low price. You can locate such people by searching books on BookStoreNextDoor, contact them and make a deal.
On the flipside, you may possess books that you have read several times and want to give them away to make more space in the shelf or may just because you are shifting and don’t want to carry everything along. You can list these books on this site and sell them to people who need it more than you. Since the websites also allows you to borrow books, you can lend them for a specific period of time.
IndiaBookStore.net is a quick and simple search engine for books and helps you find the price and availability of books across various online bookstores. It also features store reviews by other readers so that you can make up your mind regarding where do you want to go for buying the books.
The website also has its own blog which has various articles on books and other information. They also have giveaways for readers in association with circle of authors, publishers and online book stores, to name a few - Random House India, Rupa Publication, Harper Collins, Westland, Amazon India.
3. Book Chums
Founded by Sanjay Puri, a technology entrepreneur, Book Chums is a website started on the belief that that it will play a role in empowering Indians with knowledge, especially in rural and remote areas as people there have access to a mobile phone but not to libraries or bookstores. Inspired from giving something back to the society using technology , he wants to promote reading. BookChums, is an ebook repository And aims to promote education and reading habits in India through the digital medium.
The platform provides books and eBooks, some of which are free of cost and its motto ‘let your books gather friends, not dust’ just explains the idea behind the initiative. It also has a blog and an author’s profile which author profiles which help you trace the author's growing up years and illustrate which incidents in their lives shaped their writings. Further, this page has an interesting did-you-know section along with links to the writer's books, eBooks, website/blog, interviews, you tube page, twitter and facebook home page. By visiting this section you can know about bestselling authors, critically acclaimed authors and new authors on the block.
4. The Reading Tub
The Reading Tub collects and distributes books for family reading and literacy. According to them, the kids need to read to succeed, and they help with donations to fund this work. 100 per cent of the money they receive goes to providing literacy information and shipping books. The Reading Tub collects and distributes books to at-risk readers, whether it is a child with no books at home or a teacher building a classroom library for her struggling students.
5. Student Desk
StudentDesk is bridging communication gap and connecting book readers of various institutes. Reuse, and circulation of books will not only make accessing book economical but will also help in building the sustainable environment. In case of text books, every time when any student wants to buy a book their first thought would be why not first look at library? If not, second thought would be why shouldn't we opt for 'used books if there is same content in new book, and due to lack of availability of used books, we end up buying new books, making it heavy on our pocket. Now book lovers don’t have to pay for every book they want. StudentDesk.in provides a list of books user wants to exchange and get another book in return building a community. Re-use, exchange and circulation of books with not only make accessing book economical but will also help in building the sustainable environment.
These digital platforms for buying and exchanging books are a reader’s dream. They allow them to do tedious things like searching, exchanging and buying a book easy and inexpensive.