This Chennai-born multi-city library delivers books to your door and even has a space in Adyar that lends books and hosts events!
Online + IRL Library: Get Books Delivered To Your Doorstep With No Due Dates
What Makes It Awesome
Iloveread was started in 2009 and owes its 9 years of success to its loyal patrons. They’re a subscription-based library that supplies an unlimited number of books within their subscription period! All you have to do is create an account on their website, post which you pick a duration to subscribe for (1,3, 6 and 12 months) and choose two books you want to read first. There are over 31,000 books to choose from, all neatly catalogued and arranged by genre on their website.
If you’re not sure what to pick, you can search through curated lists like their own top picks or pick something from the most popular list. They’ve got books in English and regional languages like Tamil and Hindi, from across most genres. Once chosen, just wait for the delivery to be made. There are no due dates or late fines, you can read at your pace and return the books whenever you’re done. What’s more is that there’s no deposit or joining fee, so all you need to pay for is the subscription fee.
Their subscription rates are around INR 400 – INR 500 per month depending on the duration you subscribe for. Think of it like Netflix but with books. Their subscriber base is over 21,000 and is ever growing in other cities like Delhi and Bangalore.
ILR is not only known for its library service but also the events it hosts. Open mic nights, book launches, theater performances, story-telling for kids and adults and book readings are just some of the events that they host at their space in Venkateswara Nagar, Adyar. The space is partly a physical library and stage for the events they host. The fact that you can pick the books you want to read on your phone and have them conveniently waiting for you at home is amazing. From a gifting standpoint, we think book lovers would cherish a subscription gifted to them.