Book lovers in Anna Nagar now have a reason to celebrate as JustBooks CLC, a community library chain opened up a branch in the locality.
Unlike regular libraries, JustBooks offers different kinds of memberships depending upon the needs of the reader. They can either come to the library and read the books or borrow them online. Members can also get the books home-delivered.
According to the franchise owner Abirami Narayanan, the neighbourhood was perfect for this kind of a venture. “Just books, which is there all over the country is underrepresented in Chennai. There was only one outlet in Adyar before we started another in Anna Nagar.
We did our survey before zeroing in on this location,” says Abirami, who along with her husband Narayanan run the place. She adds, “Anna Nagar is one of the most organised parts of the city. It has numerous educational institutions around and our research suggested that the neighbourhood has many readers here.”
With bookstores across the city shutting shops, the idea of investing in a library may not seem like a good idea. But Abirami disagrees.
“There are a lot of options but nothing can take away from the charm of reading a book. You cannot curl-up with your iPad.
The response has been great and within a few days of the launch we have people signing up for the annual packages,” she says.