Srinagar: In a first, an online store selling books was launched in Kashmir on Monday.
The Kashmir Book Trust inaugurated its first online book store under the domain www.onlinebookstore.in.net.
The book store was inaugurated by Kashmir University chief librarian AM Baba, Deputy Director, DIQA Showket Shafi and Director Centre for Career Planning and Counselling Farooq Ahmad Khan.
During the inaugural function, Baba while applauding the initiative said, “To have online book store is the need of the hour. During the recent devastating floods many rare books were washed away, they would have been saved, had we made online editions of these books.”
“It’s really encouraging to get these kinds of online book stores in valley, when the youth are preferably look in quest of e-content for study material and other information sources. We don’t have enough spaces to adjust all the books from different national and international journal which require lot of space it’s here e libraries play a vital role,” he added.
“We started this endeavour in order to give an extra edge in education system in Kashmir keeping in view the various problems confronting the students’ who don’t have easy asses to subscribe e-books. The students, who hail from far flung areas can also avail benefit from our free door to door delivery system,” said Sameer Nazeer, managing partner of the online book store.
“Our main aim is to reach out to the students as well as the educational institutions from Jammu and Kashmir. This will definitely help our students who suffer due to lack of e book stores in the valley, besides we also provide reasonable discounts,” Mudasir Ahmad, who is another managing partner said.