e-book gets huge response

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e-book gets huge response

E-Book, the online version of the school textbooks, launched for the primary and secondary students to give them free access to ICT based education, got a huge response as over one million visitors visited the site in just three months, reports BSS.

Internationally reputed Alexa Internet which provides information about websites including top sites, internet traffic in its latest monitoring report said in last three months – from August to October this year – around 11 lakh one thousand and 946 visitors from different parts of the world visited the E-book website.

“On an average about 50 thousand visitors of Bangladesh go through online versions of text books per month when the ratio of visiting the site is one reader per five minutes,” it added.

In line with the government’s plan to build Digital Bangladesh, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina launched the online versions of the school textbooks on July 24 last aimed at reaching ICT benefits to people’s doorsteps.

The E-Book, which is readable by digital devices like computer, e-book reader, mobile phone, PDA, CD and iPad is being conducted by the ‘Access to Information (A2I) Programme of Prime Minister’s Office.

IT consultant of A2I Programme Manik Mahmud told BSS today that since launching some 106 E-book or digitized compilation of primary and secondary textbooks are available in the site free of cost.

“At the end of this November, a total of 300 books including those of madrasa education (Ebtedaye and Dakhil) will be added to the service,” he added.

Manik said the launching of e-book is a giant leap towards implementation of Digital Bangladesh and the readers will be able to know history of Liberation War, literature, social norms, values and culture in Bangladesh for free.

Chairman of National Curriculum of Text Book (NCTB) Prof Mostafa Kamaluddin told BSS that the present government ensured the supply of all textbooks to school students timely alongside the government introduced website to provide easy access to read textbooks through internet.

Related Links:
http://www.ebook.gov.bd/index.html
http://www.digitalbangladesh.gov.bd/index.php

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