Free access for Indians to library of cricket books

New Delhi, Aug 18 (PTI) A one-year free digital access toIndian and world cricket content is being offererd in acollaboration between Bloomsbury, Wisden, and UK-based PublicLibrary Online. "Under the initiative, all citizens with an Indian IPaddress will have free access for a year to a library ofcricket books at Public Library Online from Wisden, the mostdistinguished cricket publisher in the world," BloomsburyPublishing said in a statement today. The library includes all four Wisden India Almanacks, thelast five ‘Wisden Shorter Almanacks’, the ‘Wisden Book of TestCricket 2009-14’, ‘Wisden on the Ashes’, ‘Benaud in Wisden’and ‘Don’ts for Cricketers.’ These are available for online streaming on anyInternet-enabled device at Public Library Online through theurl in.publiclibraryonline.com. The library is an ‘onlineonly’ Ebooks licensing company with books from leadinginternational publishing houses and offers concurrent onlineaccess to a range of fiction and non-fiction, from a range ofrenowned publishers. The initiative is being launched to coincide with the 4thtest match of India-West Indies series on the 18th of August2016. Jahir Hussain, CEO of Public Library Online said, "We areexcited to offer public library online eBooks to the entireIndian Public. We feel proud to be part of the ‘Digital India’chapters." "The Wisden archives are an unparalleled resource, forcurious readers and cricket buffs alike. For well over acentury, Wisden has been one of cricket’s conscience-keepersand the Almanack’s essays have chronicled the sweeping, almostcataclysmic, changes the game has seen," Dileep Premachandran,Editor-in-chief of Wisden India said. "Public Library Online has now taken an important firststep in opening up this treasure trove to readers, in acountry where cricket is so much more than just a game," hesaid. PTI ANSANS

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