Friends of Books is another concept which works in Indian environment. Similar to Khilonaghar, this online site arranges for lending books onlineand delivering books right at your door step. The concept is simple, if you don’t want to buy costly books and your friends did not buy it Friends of Books can give you a lending hand.
This site is based on simple concept of membership with monthly plans which decides how many books you can lend at a time. You can order any number of books ( max up to 12 ) depending on the plan and keep it as long as you want. I see the larger plan is pretty much suitable for a bigger family or group of friends who can share the cost. Here are the plans :
Friends of Books was founded by Manish Kumar, An ex IIT Roorke Student and Texas tech university alumini and Arti Jain A BA, MA and MFA degree holder.
After resgitering with Freinds of Books I would suggest you to skip the subscription plan for time being. I would suggest you to go throw the books under browse tab and see if it really suits you. They have a huge collection of books but it should also meet your choice.
The books are pretty neatly categorized in different categories with cover page and a brief description of book being displayed.
Though they don’t have any late fees but they do have strict restrictions on how you handle book. Just Do not dog ear, tear, chew, whack flies/mosquitoes with the books, use them as coasters or turn pages with haldi stained fingers. Funny to read but these are the facts 🙂
Any book you find interesting you can add it to your shelf and the prioritize later so that they can be deliverd accordingly. Another catch here is if you ordered for 3 books you need to return them together. You just cant say please pick up this and I will give back rest later.
Overall Friends of Books is an excellent initiative which is an excellent resource for book lovers at a cheaper price.