GUWAHATI, Sept 30 – The tech-savvy Assamese literature lovers can now take the pleasure of reading their favourite books on their desktop, laptop or I-pads, with a group of young entrepreneurs working dedicatedly to launch Assamese e-books on AssamKart.com, which was launched today. Four e-books of Anuradha Sarma Puzari would now be available in e-book format in Assamese language. The AssamKart is online e-book shopping site from Assam which would sell Anuradha Sarma Puzari and Dr Bhabendra Nath Saikia’s e-books.
The programmers of the site also have plans to include the e-versions of Dr Mamoni Raisom Goswami's books and the works of other eminent litterateurs of Assam. Preeti Saikia, wife of Dr Bhabendra Nath Saikia launched the website today.
The project is a brainchild of Navanita Hazarika who, along with Bikash Kalita, decided to implement the idea of launching the e-versions of Assamese literature through the website.
Speaking at the launch ceremony, eminent writer Anuradha Sarma Puzari lauded the efforts made by the persons behind the conception and implementations of the idea. “Many Assamese people who live abroad want to read Assamese books. But, carrying away those books in flight or even through courier is inconvenient and also expensive. The e-books of AssamKart would definitely solve their problem,” Puzari said.
Sadananda Gogoi, singer, composer and secretary of Prakashan Parishad, while expressing his views, said that technical developments have made life easier for people and assumes people should not lag behind.
He also said that in October 2013, the Prakashan Parishad would bring out 20 volumes of Bezbaruah Rachanawali in English and Assamese languages.
Anuradha Sarma Puzari’s e-books Kanchan and Son Harinor Chekur are available on the AssamKart now and the popular works Naharar Niribili Cha and Chahebpurar Boroxun are coming within a week and within next 15 days respectively.
Nirvana Sutra, the e-publishing division of the same entrepreneurs, has published three e-books of Dr Bhabendranath Saikia, The Cavern And Other Stories, The Mistake And Other Stories and The Chain and Other Stories.
“Our objective is to take the excellent works of Assamese writers to the international platform and also to promote book reading habit among the younger generation who have access to computers and Internet. The costs of the books are very less and there are various payment modes through which one can buy the e-books,” Bikash Kalita said.