A Mumbai-based online bookstore has been launched by a Delhi-based company to cater to students and academics.
The company, Ebook Books, has also set up its own e-learning platform.
The startup, which launched on March 11, has partnered with the university, which owns the College of Literature, Science and Technology (CLST) in Delhi.
The two universities have a long history in sharing information.
In November last year, CLST and the Indian Institute of Science and Engineering (IISE) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to open a centre for technology in the institute.
“We are delighted to have partnered with Delhi University for this initiative,” Ebook founder and CEO Amit Shrivastava told ET.
“The platform enables students and scholars to access their textbooks from the comfort of their own home.”
In addition to online content, Ebooks also offers e-books, audiobooks, magazines, and textbooks through e-store portals.
Its library has more than 500 million books.
The Delhi-headquartered company is currently accepting pre-orders for the Ebook Book platform.
In addition, EBook Books will offer books from all the publishers in India, including those of the Indian publishing houses.
The platform also offers books from the Indian government, which has partnered in the past with libraries.
“For the first time, the Delhi University library is providing the same platform to all students and staff of its institutions,” said a senior CLST official.
“This is a positive step forward in the fight against illiteracy,” said the CLST chairperson, R.K. Vohra.
“In the first five years, the library has read out over 500 million Indian and foreign books to its students and employees.”
The company also hopes to sell books from its own online library.
“By offering e-book books to students, the EBook Book platform is helping to open doors for students to access the books they need,” the CLSC official said.
“At present, only 20% of students have access to e-readers, which is a huge problem for them.”