Flipkart starts EBook Store

After launching Flipkart Digital Music store Flyte, they have started Digital EBook Store.

Key Points to note:

  • EBooks can be read only on Android Devices: Phone or Tablets. The EBook App can be downloaded from Google Play.
  • Has good collection Indian author Books- like Amish Tripathi & Chetan Bhagat
  • Ebooks costs from Amazon Kindle Store and Flipkart is alomost same. But Kindle is offered in several platforms: IOS, Android, PC, Separate hardware
  • We need to wait & see if they will add addition client support on various platforms.

 

Flipkart Music Store: Flyte

Flipkart one of the reliable online stores in India, has launched Online music store called Flyte. It is very interesting move given that most of the online users in India downloads mp3 songs from thousands of warez sites available. Many do not even know that their downloads may be illegal.  Flipkart tries to change the game with iTunes like music downloads where you can buy individual songs.

 

The key features include:

  • DRM free music – you can play on any device anywhere and there is no control over who copies it and uses.
  • Song preview: You play the song for 30seconds before you can buy it
  • Looks like they offer only 128kbps encoded mp3 which is good for most purposes. But there are audiophiles who can differentiate 192/256/320kbps VBR from 128kbps. they may offer that future.
  • Available Language albums currently: Hindi,English,Tamil,Telugu,Punjabi,Malayalam, Bengali,Bhojpuri, Marathi, Gujarati, Kannada, Rajasthani, Oriya, Sanskrit, Konkani, Urdu, Assamese, Angika, Awadhi, Bundeli, Chhattisgarhi, Garhwali, Haryanvi, Himachali, Kashmiri, Khortha, Kumaoni, Maarwari, Magadhi, Maithili, Manipuri, Naga, Nepali, Pali, Sambalpuri, Sindhi, Italian, Spanish, French, Swedish
  • The available Generes: Devotional & Spiritual, Hindustani, Carnatic, Pop, Rock, Film / OST, Indipop (Indian Artists), Qawwali, Ghazal, Sufi, Lounge / Fusion, Electronic/Dance, Folk, Special Interest, Jazz, World Music, Blues, Children & Young Adults, Country & Western, Dance Styles, Exercise & Fitness, Rap & Hip-Hop, Reggae, Soul / R&B, Festivals & Occassions, Instrumental, Live, Classical

Too early to comment if they will offer lossess encoding like WAV,FLAC . They seem to have plans for player like iTunes and Android/Apple iOS clients

The important question is: Will the Indians ‘buy’ digital music ‘online’?

Reliable Online Shopping sites in India

Slowly the eCommerce is picking up n India. Here is some of the reliable Online stores in India:

1) Flipkart

2)Infibeam

3) Homeshop18

Now the online shopping makes the shopping easy by providing several payment options: Credit card, Debit card, Online banking. The important one that brings in new users is the COD( Cash on Delivery). With COD user does not pay in advance and the cash is collected only at the time of delivery. When you make a COD purchase, the online store representatives calls you make sure you will be making the payment during delivery.

As Amazon is also planing to setup shop in India, the Indian sites are gearing for the battle. These sites are now more reliable and has good customer service. Flipkart provides 30 day replacement guarentee!