BigBooks Library – A Fantastic Online Book Library Service

My obsession with books is not unknown on this blog. I have at times posted yearly updates about the number of books I have read.

This year – my reading was happily boosted by a lovely online library called Bigbooks in Pune. Now that I have moved to Bangalore, I have further realized how sorely I miss it.

BigBooks has fantastic, affordable service is a fact that was further reinforced when I started comparing it with other online book services in different cities. Some other key differences were – 1. Most online rental libraries have plans that have a cap on number of books you can borrow. All the plans in BigBooks library are for unlimited books. 2. Most libraries will charge you a registration fee and a (refundable) security deposit. However, in BigBooks, none of these are required – you just pay for the plan directly – cheapest one starts at 150 bucks a month.  (Try comparing plans and prices here, here and here.)

I learnt from BigBooks FB page and blog –the owner Rahul Maskara had also started this service in the first place because he realized for even a voracious reader as himself that buying so many books was expensive. What does a reader do to quench their appetite of books – thus, a service was borne out of a need.  He quit his corporate job and plunged into getting this start-up (Rashmi Bansal, are you listening?) onboard keeping the affordability in mind.

For just 150 bucks a month, you can read unlimited borrowings of one book at a time (3-month plan is even cheaper). Believe me; I borrowed one book every day, benefitting from their free pick and drop service. Books would be delivered at my house, at my office as per my convenience. I can’t remember an instance when the transaction was dissatisfying. However, greedy to devour their vast collection, I soon graduated to other plans – two books at a time etc.

Most importantly, their collection of books is one of the best. I am a frequent buyer of books – yet I find it hard to spend money on expensive graphic novels. Most libraries’ understanding of graphic novels is restricted to Archie, Tintin and at best, Asterix. Now, BigBooks has graphic novels ranging from manga writer Osamu Tezuka, Neil Gaimon, Alan Moore, Warren Ellis, Grant Morrison, Alison Bechdel and so on. All these comic books are expensive and most of the online rental libraries do not have such books in their collection.

Not only that, they have a wonderful recommendation/request system – just add your request and it is taken care of as soon as possible. Almost all my recommendations even though I was a very new customer and had not even made the first payment – were heard– I got to read all the books I wanted, just as owner Rahul kept assuring that I will.

When new books arrive in the genre of your interest, Rahul even calls you to inform and ask – A new book has arrived, do you want to read it? One might be mistaken that I was a special customer, but truth is they were doing that for almost everyone. Most of friends subscribing the service reported that they were informed and provided choice to add that book to their reading list.

BigBooks library is available in two cities – Pune and Bombay. Go ahead and support this wonderful (and extremely useful) start-up. Try out their service and you won’t be disappointed. (They do have a cheap trial plan as well.)

It is very simple to register. Next steps are to create a queue of books you want to read and then select a plan. For any help, you can call Rahul’s number (also, on the BigBooks Website): +919665401232.

P.S – Rahul, you had told me while I was leaving Pune that you plan to take BigBooks to Bangalore. By a quirk of fate, I have landed up in Bangalore instead of Delhi. Please do bring your wonderful library to Bangalore, I promise to be your first customer in the city.

16 Responses to “BigBooks Library – A Fantastic Online Book Library Service”

  1. 1 thandapani October 19, 2011 at 8:16 am

    Ok so you are in Bangalore now. Good. Hope all is well.

  2. 3 Prats October 20, 2011 at 12:25 am

    Let me know when they start in Bangalore 🙂

  3. 4 brijwhiz October 21, 2011 at 9:39 am

    A very good post alps. I just might try it out in the near future 🙂
    By the way *love* the title image of the blogsite.

  4. 5 brijwhiz October 21, 2011 at 9:42 am

    The Bigbooks blog link is not working.

  5. 6 TJ October 28, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    try just books in bangalore. or librarywala .

  6. 7 Poonam Sharma November 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    @thandapani Thanks!

    @Prats – sure, will do, I will be flocking for it.

    @brijwhiz Why did I think you were already a member? Even I have no clue why the blog link is not working. URL is correct.

    @TJ – Thanks, I am aware of this service. But once smitten with BigBooks, hard to put up with any other library. 🙂

  7. 8 Rahul Maskara November 7, 2011 at 12:20 am

    The blog is undergoing maintenance..Will be back soon. Thank You Poonam for such a wonderful testimony 🙂

  8. 9 Roshni November 7, 2011 at 10:21 am

    I absolutely agree with you on BigBooks….I have been using their service since its inception and no point did I ever doubt its professionalism…I was facing a tough time convincing myself to not buy more books coz I just didnt have more space!!…But Rahul almost solved that problem for me…..and I can actually rent all those books by new authors as well that I am not too sure of at the book store…Absolutely fantastic work Rahul!!

  9. 10 Reema November 24, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    so how is Bangalore treating you?

  10. 11 Sharad Bapat December 12, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    remind me of my days when I started blib, a similar service some 3 years back in Pune, the response was amazing, just dinn had enough courage to leave a good paying software..btw there are plenty of such services in Bangalore, I guess by now you must have found out.. if not let me know..

  11. 12 Varun July 12, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Wonderful blog…. must say a big thanks to you i just registered with big Books pune yesterday and here i’m receiving my 1st set of books…. simply amazing thanks to you i could find them 🙂

  12. 13 Poonam Sharma July 12, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    Rahul: Thank you for providing such nice service. I still miss it in Bangalore.

    Roshni: I know what you mean. Thanks for the thumbs up.

    Sharad: I know about just books. But Big Books was different, they were able to get me expensive graphic novels in series – that is hard to find. Really. 🙂

    Varun: If this post has been useful to even one reader, I will be happy. Thank you for writing in to let me know – it is comments like these that motivate a blogger. 🙂

  13. 14 Ronny August 20, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Today, I went to the beach front with my children. I found a
    sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter
    and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.”
    She put the shell to her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and
    it pinched her ear. She never wants to go back! LoL I know
    this is totally off topic but I had to tell someone!

  14. 15 Aparna Niphadkar February 11, 2018 at 7:19 pm

    Want to join

  15. 16 Annie November 26, 2022 at 7:53 pm

    Hi. Is the Bigbooks library in Pune operational now, December 2022?

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