THE VIRTUAL BOOK SHOP
Online businesses in Bangladesh have recently just moved from Facebook pages to websites selling everything from food to jewellery, and more and more people are now skipping the hassle of traffic jams and ordering online where home deliveries are made. We saw the rise of food deliveries, fashion accessories and clothing businesses online but very few sites catering to book and music lovers. Enter rokomari.com
Launched in early 2012 as an online bookstore, it has expanded to selling music, movies and TV shows and notebooks and stationery. True to their promise of customer-centric business, the transaction is hassle free and efficient.
The collection of books available is diverse – rokomari.com sells everything from school and college textbooks, academic texts on law, science or photography to novels and poetry by writers from Bangladesh and West Bengal. The categories are comprehensive and they offer the choice to request for a particular book if it is not in their collection.
Another attractive feature about the site is the incorporation of a Goodreads style review section, where readers can rate and give their opinion on a particular book. For the reader who loves to explore new books, this should be a great option to create a community of book lovers. The collection expands from the contemporary favourites Humayun Ahmed and Muhammad Zafar Iqbal to Samaresh Majumdar and Sunil Gangopadhyay.
The music and movies collection is diverse as well, consisting of contemporary bands and musicians to the classic favourites. The site, though not the most fancy or pleasing to the eyes, is easy enough to navigate, and ordering is simple.
First, an account needs to be created – you choose the product(s) you wish to buy, give the delivery address and that's that. The service is very prompt; an instant text-message informs you that the order has been placed. A representative from the company follows up soon after within the day and confirms the order.
Rokomari.com keeps to its promise to deliver within three working days, and the time of delivery is agreed upon by a phone call. More importantly, they offer a variety of payment options and you can choose from cash on delivery to debit/credit cards. The delivery charge is just a meagre Tk 50. All in all, a great place to browse for entertainment and a little improvement on the design of the site could do wonders to this amazing website.