The topic of Print Vs. eBook is always an interesting debate. However, foreseeing a gradual shift in tastes and preferences, M.D Gunasena, a renowned local publisher, printer and bookseller takes a firm step teaming up with Microimage and Etisalat to launch “Book Hub Reader” an ebook reader in an attempt to re-discover the publishing industry in Sri Lanka with new technology.
The launch ceremony was held in the presence of Mr. Rajiv Gunasena, Deputy Managing Director of M. D. Gunasena, Mr. Channa Munasinghe, Head of Digital Services and Enterprise Solutions at Etisalat and Mr. Harsha Purasinghe Founder and CEO of Microimage. As a symbolic gesture a device was handed over to veteran children’s book writer and illustrator Sibyl Wettasinghe.
[box_light]“We have continuously instilled the value of reading and sharing knowledge throughout generations. Being renowned as the company who taught the nation to read, we’re now inviting all book lovers to be a part of the next chapter. Thousands of manuscripts are rejected due to cost of print run, whereas e-publishing merely requires a one-time conversion for an unlimited number of copies made available electronically. This innovative device enables users to spend more time reading, browsing and visiting web sites without a hassle. It also helps users access best sellers, new releases, classics, modern classics and books from public libraries just by a tap” says Rajiv Gunasena.[/box_light]
Through the new tablet, book lovers would be able to visit the first local ebook store ‘Book Hub‘ providing access to Sri Lankan literature published electronically for the very first time and made available for direct purchase online. Over 250 books published by top publishers in Sri Lanka are available for easy access.
[box_light]“The future of reading and publishing has arrived to Sri Lanka through this introduction. The e-reading industry will mature locally through new technology advancements such as this. Microimage, Etisalat and M. D Gunasena has launched the next version of education and knowledge acquisition” explains Harsha Purasinghe.[/box_light]
The tablet is a powerful and efficient internet and entertainment solution that features a 7 inch multi-touch screen and intuitive controls powered by Android OS. Readers will be able to browse the web wireless or via USB dongle which is fit enough for games, music and HD movies while on the go.
To grab your own, the book reader will be available in all M.D. Gunasena bookshops, Microimage and all Etisalat branches island wide.
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