Electronic Books

Feb 16, 2012 (LBO) – Etisalat’s Sri Lankan unit has teamed up with booksellers and a software firm to launch an electronic book store for local publishers and authors, officials said. The online e-book store, called ‘Book Hub’ to be commercially launched by end of March, will be in all three languages and available on any telecommunications network to ensure greater accessibility.

Etisalat Wednesday signed a deal with publishers M D Gunasena to launch the electronic book store whose technology was developed by Microimage, a software firm.

“This is for all books published in Sri Lanka in all three languages – Sinhala, Tamil and English,” said Etisalat chief executive Dumindra Ratnayaka.

“We hope to list as many books as possible. We’ve had discussions with most publishers and all are keen to list the books they publish.

“We have a very literate population, we have a passion to read. We will now able to give them books anytime, anywhere and at a lower cost. We are trying to bring smart devices to the country to suit all walks of life.”

Ratnayaka said they were having talks with the education ministry to list education texts in electronic format.

“It is far