As per Wikipedia, "Bengali or Bangla is an eastern Indo-Aryan language. It is native to the region of eastern South Asia known as Bengal, which comprises present-day Bangladesh, the Indian state of West Bengal, and parts of the Indian states of Tripura and Assam.... With about 220 million native and about 250 million total speakers, Bengali is one of the most spoken languages, ranked seventh in the world...".
Bengali literature is very rich in it's own content and tradition, and, there are tens of thousands of Bengali books available in print format.
So, what is CollegeStreet.net web site about?
The purpose of CollegeStreet.net web site is to provide an online shopping center for Bengali books, if not all, at least as many as possible.
What is the significance of the name "CollegeStreet.net" ?
The College Street area in Kolkata is the hub for book worms in the city.
Snippets from Wikipedia: "The College Street is most famous for its small and big bookstores, which gives it the nickname Boi Para (Colony of Books). People from whole city and different parts of the state gathers here for their book. The street is also dotted with countless very small book kiosks which sell new and old books. It is the largest book market in India and collectively boasts of a collection of almost any title ever sold at Kolkata."
We thought of making a similar place online where readers of Bengali literature will find all kinds of Bengali books in one place. CollegeStreet.net web site was launched in 2014.
And, who are we at CollegeStreet.net?
We are a group of people just like you, who like to go to CollegeStreet book shops but we couldn't - offline or online. Well, not any more, we are trying to bring Kolkata's College Street book expeirence to you virtually in online. Please note that we are merely online bookseller, not pubisher and we do not own the copyright of the printed materials.
What about books in electronic format?
We know, we know ... the next step - right? We have plan to make Bengali books available in electronic format which you can buy/download legally in your electronic device. We are looking into the technology and initiating talk with prospective publishers. Till then bear with us please.