Via The Hindu
A group of contemporary Tamil writers is trying to break the shackles the local publishing industry has created with regard to electronic publishing.
They are releasing their works for free in smart device-friendly formats — ePUB and mobi — through the website — www.freetamilebooks.com.
Writers such as N. Chokkan, Payon and Pa. Raghavan have already released their works under the Creative Commons licence.
Though they have released them for free, they say they are encouraged by the response so far.
Chokkan, who released his ‘out of print’ biography on Oscar winner A.R. Rahman, coinciding with his birthday, says he is overwhelmed by the response.
“There were over 5,000 downloads in three days. The cover price of the print edition was Rs. 80. I have requested readers to pay as they wish. One reader paid Rs. 1,000 by electronic transfer,” he says.
T. Shrinivasan, who coordinates the free Tamil e-books website, recently conducted a workshop at Tamil Virtual Academy to help authors publish in the formats themselves.
“There is hardly any contemporary Tamil literature available on the Web. Our initiative is to help create new avenues to help this,” he says.