Bookish was conceived during the period when the pandemic was on a decline. It was the period when the opportunity to get back to our old habits and the craving to go here and there, to do this and that were amplified. But all we could do was to be confined within the walls of our houses. Amongst the other necessities that could be accomplished online, we realised that there was another area that technology could help: renting books from libraries.
For bookworms as well as for those who needed books from the library for work or for academic purposes, the pandemic had posed a huge setback. To make sure that contactless services continue even in the wake of the lockdown, we planned to try and design an application that would help people to request books from the comfort and safety of their homes.
Managing a library system has always been a laborious job. And the same challenges were applicable to the online system as well.
It is usually assumed that technology and online services are for the youth and middle-aged. But with the right planning, these can be easily used by the elderly, too, if they are a planned part of the target audience, that is.
Libraries are used by people of all demographics. So, to make our application inclusive, it needed to be simple, intuitive and to-the-point.
While finding and reading books is the main concern, we realised that readers usually contribute a lot more than just recommendations and reviews. So, we included an option where people can donate books to libraries if they wanted. Registered libraries would be notified about the book, and they can mutually decide which one would require the book in their stock.
Without trying to incorporate fancy graphics or interactions, we kept the entire experience plain and simple.
The basic concept here was that people who are looking for books wouldn’t be interested in any other diversions. So, without any complicating matters, let’s give them what they want.
Also, since we are also including people from all age groups, all educational backgrounds as well as those from areas with low bandwidth, it would be best to keep the app lightweight.
As of now, the library app stands as a monolith with only the mobile application for the customer’s end. We plan to provide a complete solution by creating the web application on the libraries’ end as well. Research has already started, and we hope to see the other side of this app very soon.