Newsletter #2

Since the last time you heard from us, we have added lot of features.

The website has had a major revamp. Besides the look and feel of the website, some of the features that we added are aimed at improving your experience-

  • Hand-picked recommendations in each genre
  • Reviews and ratings to help you choose books
  • Other flows like the user sign-up and payment are also much tighter now than earlier
  • Plain text listing of titles/search results to address bandwidth issues
  • Integration with the CC Avenue payment gateway for fast and secure online payments by Visa Credit Cards and Net Banking (The option to pay by Mastercard cards will be available soon)
  • Ordering of user’s wishlist by priority
  • Some elementary integration of social media – you can now ‘like’ us on Facebook using the widget on the Homepage and also check out the Twitter feed for Tender Leaves.

There are more cool features that you will see in the next few weeks.

Catalogue

We added a bunch of books to the collection – the entire Wodehouse collection, popular best-sellers by Sydney Sheldon and Jeffrey Archer, recent Indian books like Jai Arjun Singh’s book on Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro, English translations of Indian classics from regional languages like What Really Happened and The Middleman – to Cut a Long Story Short (borrowing from the last Archer book I added to the collection), you ought to check out thecatalogue and have a dekko. As usual, if there are titles that you’d like us to add, just drop us a note via the Book Request feature.

Drop-box

Our drop-boxes are ready. From the first week of February, you will start spotting our attractive drop-boxes in different parts of Pune. We are currently looking at setting up drop-boxes at residential societies, health clubs, corporate office locations and commercial establishments that want to provide more value to their customers. Do let us know using the Contact Us form on the site in case you know someone/ some place that would like to set up a drop-box on their premises.

The Blog

We have also started a series of blog posts on Must-Read books: non-sparkly vampire books and ways to get out of inarticulasia should definitely pique your interest. We have more such posts lined up for February.

A special note on Teach For India – you must be aware of how we are working with TFI Fellows across schools in Pune. You can do your bit by spreading the word about TFI, especially when they are recruiting the next batch of volunteers.

Subscribing to the blog to receive notifications of new posts might be a good idea to stay on top of the developments on the blog.

Among other updates, we were featured in the Times of India on Dec. 30th, 2010. 🙂

Signing off for now,

Happy Reading.

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