NDLI stall: A crowd-puller at International Kolkata Book Fair
Kolkata, Feb 10 (PTI) Over 50,000 people visited
the stall of an online library at the 44th International
Kolkata Book Fair to download books of their choice for free.
The National Digital Library of India (NDLI) stall
enabled visitors to log in via computers or install its app on
smartphones and access 4.5 crore free contents.
A person manning the stall told PTI that till Saturday
evening, over 50,000 people, had visited the stall since
January 29, and did live registrations free at
The 44th International Kolkata Book Fair ended on
"There had been a great deal of interest among people
of all age groups, and we asked them to scan on android and
IoS, the QR code displayed next to the subject of their
"With the QR code they could access the required
contents on their smartphone and download the same
for free," she said.
Apart from e-books, audio books, simulations,
e-thesis, question papers were also among the contents.
However, to see the entire content of the chosen
subject, in over 300 languages, one had to first log-in
(online registration) at the digital repository and then scan
the QR code of the said topic to view it fully, she said.
From Satyajit Ray's 'Kheror Khata' (notebooks
containing rough jottings by the maestro) to yesteryear
editions of 'Amrita Bazar Patrika', to tales from the
Upanishads, from updates on technology to world history and
literature, there was great deal of interest among the
visitors of all age groups, she said.
The NDLI was sponsored by the Union Human Resources
Development Ministry and developed by IIT Kharagpur. PTI SUS