Choose, fit, take home!

Vinaya Patil
Friday, 30 March 2018

Lock the Box, a unique event by Bookchor, where you can choose the books you like, fit them in a box and take the box home for a fixed price, will be held in the city this weekend

Ever wanted to buy a book but could not because it was too expensive? Bookchor, an online platform that sells books at a lower cost than their original prices can help you. Called the Robinhood of the world of books, Bookchor’s team comprises four friends — Vidyut Sharma, Bhavesh Sharma, Prateek Maheshwari and Alok Sharma.

The team puts in all kinds of books at minimal prices on their online portal and has recently come up with a novel concept of Lock the Box. The event (book sale) will have over 90,000 pre-owned books and a deal that’s rather unique. “Forget about discounts on specific titles, this is even bigger than books-by-kgs. Here it is a one-time payment for all the books you can carry in a box,” explains Alok Sharma. “We meet your bibliophilic fantasies in whatever way possible,” he says, adding, “You will not have to scan over the price tag constantly.” 

At their upcoming event in Pune, there will be three different sized boxes and the rest is up to the reader. Fit as many books as you can in the box of your choice. Following are the options:

The ‘Odysseus’ Box: Use your wit like the legendary Greek to fit a minimum of 8-10 books in this light sized box priced at Rs 999.

The ‘Perseus’ Box: Slay the modern medusa with this box priced at Rs 1,499. It can easily accommodate 15-17 books.

The ‘Hercules’ Box: This one is the biggest and baddest of the lot. Costs Rs 2,499 and can easily hold up to 28-30 books. Are you as strong as this mighty demi-god to make the best of this box?

“Even in the books-by-kg sales, the expensive books are priced differently. Here that’s not the case. You fit it in the box and you take it,” says Sharma, who founded Bookchor with his friends in October 2016. The first Lock the Box event was hosted in Delhi in November 2017 and received a great response. Thus, the four decided to get it to other cities, and plan to go to Bengaluru, Mumbai etc next.

Sharma says that since Bookchor is an online platform, the founders felt the need for an offline presence, which is how Lock the Box was conceptualised. “The idea is to go pan India soon and Pune, known for its rich reading culture, was an obvious choice,” he says, adding that the next plan is to facilitate low-cost textbooks for students across India.

Lock The Box Pune will take place at Harshal Hall, opp McDonald’s, Kothrud, March 30- April 1 from 9 am to 4 pm

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