A bookworm, but no time to visit bookstores or read paperbacks? Or are you hungry for the written word, but nothing is available in your own mother tongue in the e-bookshelf?
Fret not. Your hunger for Gujarati literature has been taken care of by a city-based publication house, which has come out with the electronic version of various popular Gujarati books. Now download these on your desktop or smart phones and devour them to your heart’s content.
The concept has emerged as ray of hope to re-ignite fading interest among youngsters to read books in their mother-tongue. The online option would also be of great assistance for Gujarati readers on foreign shores. Overcoming various hurdles and bridging the technological gap, RR Sheth and Company Private Limited launched Gujarati e-books recently. As per an estimate, the publication house has made about 125 Gujarati e-books available in the last few months.
Their collection includes The Alchemist, books on Steve Jobs, books of Narayan Murthy and known Gujarati writers like Gunvant Shah to mention a few.
“In cities like Mumbai and Ahmedabad, people hardly have time to go to a book store. So, e-books gives the tech-savvy readers an opportunity to access Gujarati literature on desktop and android based as well as IOS operating service phones,” said Chintan Sheth of the publication house. “The idea was born from the observation that many people these days are comfortable with online transaction,” he added.
He said these e-books were launched after surpassing technological barrier and have generated a good response among readers. Six months after the launch, 3,000-odd books have been downloaded across the world. These online books are also available on a specially designed mobile application and are 20% cheaper.
Following the trend set by Sheth, many other publication houses are also in process to launching similar books.
“One such publication house is Rajkot-based Pravin Pustak Bhandar. We are in the process to solve technological as well as other hurdles to take a step forward in launching e-books,” said Gopal Patel, an employee of the publication house.
“Sometimes, even authors are less interested in launching e-books as they do not gain much. Copyrights issue also gets involved in such initiatives and so it remains to be seen whether the authors are convinced about having e-books of their work even as e-books have potential to put their work on global platform faster,” he said.