Bangalore-based BookAdda.com has launched Acadzone.com, an eCommerce store that offers students course books and books for various competitive exams, as reported by India Digital Review.
The company claims that it has a collection of over 10 million books by more than 22,54,279 authors.
Acadzone features a collection of competitive exams, management, computer, engineering and medical books catering to university syllabuses in India.
Features: Users can log in to the portal by registering on the site with their email address and password or using social logins such as Facebook connect and Google. Users can search for books based on university, college, course and semester to buy course books recommended by the website. It’s not clear as to how the website recommends course books or publication/author but we are assuming that the firm might have contacted colleges to get their recommendations, as different colleges might prefer different set of course materials.
Apart from course books, users can also search books for competitive exams including law, medical, SSC, UGC, UPSC, among others. Users can also type in author name, ISBN (International Standard Book Number), university name or course name directly into the search box to search for books.
Group Buying: Acadzone offers a discount of 5% on books on group buying. For this, users need to create a deal with books, publicize it, get a minimum of three users on the deal within 7 days. Once the deal is approved, the books will be shipped to the users subscribed to the deal. It should be noted that the deal is approved only if the combined order size of all the users in the deal exceeds Rs. 9,999 at the end of 7 days. Users can also search for deals on the website. If the deal is not approved, in case it doesn’t meet the criteria, users can buy the books in the deal after paying the 5% difference.
Shipping and payment: The company claims that shipping for orders above Rs. 199 is free, however, it charges Rs. 30 for shipping products of order below Rs. 199. It ships products within 1-9 business days and between 15-21 business days for products that need to be imported. Acadzone accepts generic payment modes including credit/debit card, net banking, cheque/demand draft, cash cards and mobile payment.
Related developments: BookAdda, the founding site of Acadzone had recently raised an undisclosed amount of funding from former Infosys director TV Mohandas Pai and Ranjan Pai, from their $100-million (Rs 500 crore) private equity fund launched last August.
Other Players: As we had mentioned in our previous article about BookAdda, while these firms — BookAdda and Acadzone, carter only to books,their competitors including Indiaplaza.com already include course books in its catalogue along with various other products. The only differentiator for Acadzone remains its group buying feature. However, the 5% discount that the website offers does not exactly provide a relief to its customers as most of the course books on Acadzone are priced higher than that on competitor sites such as Indiaplaza.