New Delhi: No more dog-ears. No more traveling all the way down to the neighbourhood bookstore. No more dealing with “sorry sir, out of stock”. Because the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) has just brought some 14,000-odd titles to students, research scholars and teachers, at the click of a mouse.
Designed by 24x7 Learning, a leading e-learning company in the country, books24x7.com brings an array of business, technology, finance and engineering offerings that come straight from the e-shelves of 290 publishers. These include Apress, IBM Redbooks, McGraw-Hill, Microsoft Press, MIT Press, Osborne Harvard Business School Press and Oxford University, among others.
Significantly, there is no jamming despite the massive cyber traffic, as any number of users can go through the same title simultaneously.
The service costs Rs250-500, depending on the number of titles a subscriber wants to access and also on the number of other subscribers from his institute or university. The service is only available to students, research fellows and teachers whose institutes or universities are members of the portal. Each member-institute has its own library portal on which the individual subscriber must register in order to access the books.
BITS Pilani claims it has over 10,000 individual subscribers till date.
The wide range in the reference section of the cyber library covers ITPro, BusinessPro, ExecSummaries, FinancePro, OfficeEssentials and EngineeringPro in a searchable format, catering to technology professionals, corporate professionals, businessmen, financial professionals, desktop users and engineers respectively.
Knowledge hunters can also scan publications from international publishers such as MIT press and ASTD, whose hardbound editions are not available in the Indian market.
The virtual library will co-exist and complement the existing large on-campus library that BITS Pilani has.
The network is in the process of expansion, as BITS Goa campus and IMT Ghaziabad, would soon integrate into the system. IMT Nagpur and BITS Dubai campus would be covered as well logging in another 14,000 students of IMT.