Today, Flipkart has rolled a new service for Android users. It has started selling e-books from its Flyte store. Flipkart comes across as one of those companies that does not want to be acquired and rather build a large online retail business business. In other words, it wants to be the ebay or Amazon.com of India. Early this year in March, Flipkart introduced selling music in the form of DRM free MP3 files.
For a company that started selling books online, it was only a matter of time it started selling e-books.
Flipkart’s e-book store: How it works
The e-books being sold on Flipkart are available only on Android at the moment. It can be downloaded upto 6 times of different devices.
I checked the prices of some of the books and they seem to be a bit less than their printed versions. There seem to be over 64,000 books available on the store. That is actually a very small number but it should soon see a lot more books available.
There are over 4000 free e-books at the moment available for download. Many of these free e-books are all time classics.
Payment options for the books include online banking, debit and credit cards along with Flipkart Wallet. Users will be able to preview upto 10% of the book before actually purchasing it.
At the moment, the app is only available on Android, but I am sure Flipkart will introduce this on other platforms like Apple’s iOS and Windows Store soon.
As tablets keep getting more popular in India, the e-book business will actually get more traction.
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