For the bookworms: Rokomari.com
Fiction, technology, translations of international books, plays, satires, beauty or programming--name a book genre and you will find it on Rokomari.com.
Rokomari.com, a Bangladeshi online shopping portal, is an e-commerce venture of Onnorokom Web Services Ltd, a sister concern of Onnorokom Group. It is an e-bookstore that sells mostly books, music albums, movies and TV series.
Why books? Mahmudul Hasan, Chairman, Onnorokom Group answered, “I feel as a nation we have low enthusiasm in reading. Besides, it is difficult to find different genres of books all in one place, except during the Omor Ekushey Boimela.” Mahmudul Hasan graduated from the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, BUET. On asking why he chose entrepreneurship over engineering he shared, “Entrepreneurship gives me the liberty and space to explore; my educational background enabled me to pursue my passion as a profession.”
The e-store is designed with a user-friendly shopping interface with features including multiple payment options like cash on delivery or through cards, book reviews, minimum shipping charge, discounts and a thirty-day replacement policy.
Not just in Bangladesh, Rokomari.com has attracted readers overseas. Of late, e-books were launched on Rokomari.com. “In order to minimise the high shipping charges paid by readers overseas, we came up with the idea of developing the Rokomari.com application for smart phones. We have already developed one for iOS and are currently working on another for Android” said Mahmudul.
In the near future, Rokomari.com plans to include items like experiment kits for children, cycle accessories, computers, cameras, paintings, tickets, food, toys and many more.
Weather you order one book or many, Rokomari.com charges a minimal shipping charge of Taka 30 for every purchase. However, on many occasions this charge exceeds the minimum amount, especially when orders need to be shipped outside Dhaka. “In such situations instead of charging our clients the extra amount, we subsidise the shipping charges and at times also work in collaboration with other organisations that help us subsidise the shipping charges,” said Mahmudul. “The only reason we do so is to make sure that people all over Bangladesh and abroad read more books and eventually strengthen their habit of reading.”