Reading revitalizes resources


Reading revitalizes resources, including idea generation capabilities and writing skills. The British Council Library (BCL), India has made reading more affordable and convenient. The library gives access to over 70,000 online books and a rich repository of hard copy of books that can be borrowed from its local branches across major Indian cities. Membership fee starts from INR 500.00 for three months and INR 1,400.00 for one year. The fee depends on the city in which the library is located and membership category. You can choose from individual, family and institutional membership categories.

If you don’t want to visit the library for borrowing and returning the books, take online membership. The ebrary interface allows you to create a private bookshelf and save searches for future use. You can share your bookshelf via email. The ebrary reader follows format of the hard copy of a book. These books have all elements of a traditional book, like contents, index, appendix, etc. You can go to the specific page and change the font size. You can even listen to the books at your own pace by adjusting reading pitch and speed. Unlike physical library that welcomes readers during predefined hours only, the ebrary services are available round the clock. You require a laptop / PC and internet connection to access the online library. Join the British Council Library today.

Reading is a means of thinking with another person’s mind; it forces you to stretch your own.” Charles Scriber

Then, why not read something?


Read a book on a subject of your choice at online Forgotten Books Library to start a journey to the world of thoughts for your next write-up. The library features more than 9,000 complimentary books online in PDF format. However, non-members have access to low-quality ebooks that have black vertical lines on each page. You have to pay a one-time fee of USD 69.00 for Booklover membership that entitles you for downloading 100 high-quality ebooks per week. The high quality books are easy to read and browse through. The high-quality editions of many books are also available on Google Books, but this website does not have a download option. You can try Casual Reader membership costing just USD 49.00 for 10 downloads per week. I do not think that one person can read 100 books in one week. So, Casual Reader category membership is an ideal choice. The online library collection can be searched by alphabets and subject. You can also browse its 100 Most Popular books list.

Children’s Books at a Click of Mouse

International Children’s Digital Library (ICDL) allows to search its collection by age group, award winning books, countries, color of the book cover, fairy tales, folk tales, keywords, long books, medium books, recently added books, short books … The collection boasts books in English and Asian, African and European languages. Three-four-sentence long book summaries and adjustable font size are a plus. There is no need to login to read the books. You can browse comprehensive White Ravens Online Catalogue 1993-2007 and read short reviews of the children’s books known for literary style and / or universal appeal. Children’s authors can even submit their books to the library and cash on its global reach.

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