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Libraries still in vogue

Libraries are still in vogue even in this era of tabs and Kindles. It still is the favourite destination for bookworms. The increasing memberships in major libraries show that the libraries are here to stay.

Reading habit

The reading habit of the members have witnessed significant change over the years and libraries too have updated themselves to meet their requirements. In most of the libraries in the suburbs and rural areas, Malayalam pulp fiction used to top the list among the books which were borrowed. “But now, even in the suburbs, new-gen writers and all time classics from all over the world and books translated to Malaylam by writers of other Indian languages are borrowed by many,” says Syam Dinakar, Thrikkakkara.

Among Malayalam writers, novels by M T Vasudevan Nair, Madhavikkutty, O V Vijayan, M Mukundan, Thakazhy, Lalithambika Antharjanam, S K Pottakkad, VKN and Basheer still remain the most preferred choice. “But we cannot say that the demand for Malayalam pulp fiction has come down. Still many prefer these books,” he added.

From  Muttathu Varkey to Mezhuveli Babuji,  Malayalam pulp fiction wing is still strong.  Some of the best read pulp fiction novels by Mathew Mattam, Joycee, Sudhakar Mangalodhayam, Batten Bose, Kottayam Pushpanath and Ettumanoor Sivakumar, K V Anil and Kamala Govind are still hot among the readers


E-library opened at Neemka Jail in Haryana

Chandigarh, May 9 (PTI) An e-library was inaugurated today at Neemka Jail in Faridabad.

The e-library was inaugurated today by the Haryana Director General of Prisons Yashpal Singhal. It has been set up by India Vision Foundation (IVF) and G-Fore Group at the jail in Faridabad, a release said here.internet-library

Chandigarh: With hard copies and e-books, libraries opt for hybrid avatar

TO KEEP themselves updated and compete with the ever-increasing dependence on ebooks, libraries in the city are shifting towards digitisation.

The State Divisional Library, Sector 34; T S Central State Library, Sector 17; and the British Council Library are transforming themselves into hybrid libraries, which are on the continuum between the conventional and digital libraries, where electronic and paper-based information sources are used alongside each other.