It is difficult for book-lovers to control themselves when they see their favourite volumes stacked in racks. However, despite the temptation, it is seldom possible to buy all the books that one may desire – our pockets rarely run that deep. However, at the 43rd KOLKATA INTERNATIONAL BOOKFAIR, being held at Central Park in Salt Lake, you can do exactly that.
You can download any number of your favourite books, for free, using QR codes at stall no 383!
The National Digital Library of India (NDLI) has over 1.5Crore free content in over 300 languages as books, papers, thesis, audiobooks, simulations, short-stories and multiple other formats.
Registration is absolutely free, and volunteers at the stall are more than happy to assist you to log in via computers or install the app on your mobile phone.
Sponsored by MHRD and developed by IITKGP, this is the first time an online library has established a physical presence at the book fair. The stall has been receiving massive footfall since day one, learners of all ages and interest groups have been visiting the stall and downloading books of their choice.
IITKGP students and professors have been manning the site – the digital library is AI enabled to learn and grow with you and your learning needs.
Mr. Bibhas Samanta from Team NDLI said, ‘If you go into any of the other stalls, you might be buying one or two books to fit your budget. The best part of our stall is that you can walk in without a paisa in your pocket and take home as many books as you want at the click of a button!’
Content and Photos contributed by NDLI team