Order engineering books and Shreyas' will say yes

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Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg are a few examples. Now, it seems to be the turn of Shreyas Sabnis and Shreyas Suresh. The 20-year-old duo from Bangalore have launched a ‘poor man’s’ version of the much acclaimed Flipkart.com, which sells books online.

The website flybuks.com - books for less bucks - which was launched on August 26 caters to thousands of City students. It has already bagged contracts from libraries of three major colleges for technical books.

A startup operating out of Shreyas Sabnis’ house, in a 15 x 30 ft space, Flybuks.com is looking to cash in on students who are hard- pressed for time to shop for curriculum books.

“It is a known fact that students generally shop for books on Avenue Road. Our idea was to bring Avenue Road to them,” said Shreyas Suresh.

“While I was reading about beginning a startup, online, I realised none of the websites sold books on engineering, medicine or other stream online,” said Suresh, a I year Computer Science student at MSRIT.

Shreyas immediately rang his friend Shreyas Sabnis, a II year Mechanical Engineering student from Atria College of Engineering and discussed the idea with him.  The idea soon materialised into a small venture, which was successfully registered under the Companies Act.

The joint venture between Suresh and Sabnis has been christened ‘Tech square.’ “With the exams for the even semesters going on, we are looking at customers from odd semesters. The number of students subscribing to our website will go up after September 5, when the fresh batch of engineering students join college,” said Sabnis. 

A venture that taps students wanting to sell their books, flybuks.com caters to engineering students across all branches, for now. “In an attempt to expand, we have included books related to TOEFL, GRE and GATE,” said a confident Sabnis.

“If students do not find the books they are looking for, they can call us and we will deliver the books to their doorsteps,” said Suresh. As any other e-Marketing company, flybuks.com also makes its share of profit after delivering books at a discount of 16 percent on each book to individuals and 25 percent to libraries which order in bulk. This, apart from delivering them free of cost.

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