Bengali e-library goes pay

Written by Corporate Bureau | Kolkata, Jul 30 | Updated: Jul 31 2007, 05:30am hrs
Online Bengali library, which uploads old books, letters and even advertisements to give historians and Bengali lovers the look and feel of the last two centuries (1850-1950), has become pay.

The site, created by Chayan Infosys, offered free membership for one year. It is now charging $1 for Indians and $5 for overseas members between July 27 and August 26. From August 27, the fee will go up to $14.99 and $49.99 respectively.

Apart from Rabindranath Tagore, Saratchandra, Bankimchandra, Bibhutibhushan, Tarashankar and Manik, it has the creations of S Wajed Ali, Samsuddin, Abul Kalam, Saukat Osman and many others.

"I worked just like a broadcaster. Initially, a channel comes as free-to-air and later it becomes pay according to market demand. I ran the site free for one year and have started charging now. I hope the feedback will be good," said Jyoti Bandyopadhyay, who conceived the site along with designers Ranendranarayan Dutta, Sumanra Chatterjee and Asim Chandra.

Bandyopadhyay said over 1 lakh books have been collected for the site, which at present has 5000.