Bangalore seems to be getting truly on-line. The recent addition that I got to hear about is this pay and use on-line library, Easylib in the city. I can register to the library on-line, search the catalogue and place request for borrowing books. When the requested book is available for borrowing, they will drop the book at the doorstep! And the delivery service is not expansive either, they charge you just 5 rupees on it. And when you are finished with reading the book, I can request them to pick it from the house! Add on is the off-line service where you can drop in to the library and go the normal way.
I feel that these are real convenience services that makes life easy. It makes a lot of sense to have such on-line features than stuff like buying clothes or expansive electronic goods on-line. I would say it is foolish to expect any one to buy clothes with out trying them or not even seeing them. The touch and try factor for such goods are important. But as far as books are concenrned, there is no hinderance looking them up on-line. Same applies to selling music on-line. This is why companies like Amazon and Fabmart survived the dot-com collapse when a lot others closed shop. Last week, it was a sensational news that for the first time Amazon turned profitable. I wish a similar success for Easylib.