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Best Book Buddies (BBB) is a SaaS Platform of Globally connected automated libraries, without cost to the libraries. Great place for book-lovers, authors, publishers and anyone connected to books in any way.

Networking libraries across the world on one aggregated platform, making books organized & easily reachable, thus facilitating global knowledge for all, BBB creates a transforming effect on education and thinking process, creating possibilities of new methods of delivering education.

This platform is a result of 4 years of research and validation at libraries across 15 countries, understanding their needs and concerns, resulting in creation of this platform that will provide the following value proposition : Libraries will get Free Automation & Maintenance; Librarians will be free of technology issues and be able to concentrate on their domain; Readers will get to know the nearest location of desired book/s;

Government & other stake-holders will know exact status of any/all the books; Publishers will be able to connect to readers for the first time in human history; Author forums will make big difference to the future plans of the Authors; Review sharing will help buy the right book/s; Book-lovers will be able to refer, review-share, discuss, exchange and connect as per book/s of their choice;

Core Team

Sudhir Gandotra

CEO




D. N. Rai

Director, E-Gov




Vivek Kumar

CTO




Devansh Jain

COO




Sunil Kumar

Project Manager




ADVANTAGES

  • 100% Client's satisfaction

    Library : Free technology, hosting and maintenance;

    Readers : Book-sharing, Review writing & sharing, Forums;

    Publishers : Direct connect with readers. National Catalogs.

  • HARDWARE

    Your Hardware expense goes down to ZERO (We host your Library).

  • SOFTWARE - MAINTENANCE - UPGRADES

    Its 100% free, without limitations of data, users or transactions.

  • OPAC, ADMINISTRATION, KOHA MODULES

    Standard features of OPAC & Administration with all Koha modules.

  • DATA MIGRATION - TRAINING - DATA-BACKUP

    Tutorials available. Data-backup facility available.

Interesting Facts

Having launched Koha in India through the first commercial implementation in 2007-08 at Delhi Public Libraries, we have gone to libraries in 15 countries to not only implement Koha but also to study the situation of libraries and the effect of books & libraries on education system.

Our passion to ensure perfect services and assisting the librarians by take care of their servers in a way that they save their time from technology issues to spend it on library domain, thus strengthening the library, has helped create positive relationships, thus working together to understand the issues faced by the libraries and librarians.

We have built and nurtured one of the best teams for implementation, support & customization of Koha, which has resulted in some of the unique things done for our clients’ libraries, giving us the confidence that we can do the best of Koha implementations and take good care of them with complete accountability.

Our team has achieved many firsts and the result of this will be visible as community contributions in time to come.

While some people try to copy what others do, we have tried to walk the path of fearless transparency, assisting institutions to achieve the best that Koha offers to all. It is this thought process that helped us understand the issues of libraries across the world and conclude our efforts in this new model where we are able to offer Koha services (Implementation, Hosting, Maintenance and Upgrades) absolutely without cost to any/all libraries that choose to try this platform – www.BestBookBuddies.com

BestBookBuddies.com (BBB) is thus a Global SaaS platform for libraries, a special purpose vehicle created by OpenLX to reach out to libraries that are in distress due to lack of budgets and priority, that is meant to work with the win-win formula such that Libraries get their LMS automation (Hosting, Maintenance and Upgrades) absolutely without cost, while we create revenues through ads and specialized services.

OpenLX being a Linux based entity, we understand what goes into Koha and how to make it work the best, that is a huge advantage that we are able to pass on to our clients to their benefit.

Vision :
We believe that education is not just a fundamental right of human being, its a crucial aspect of developing the human being towards its perfection.

We strongly believe that the right education can transform human being and the society. In achieving this role, Books and Libraries (which means collection of books) can play the most crucial role.

Library, for us, is aptly explained by its Hindi word “Pustakalay” that means “house of books”. Hence, when we strengthen libraries, we are making books closer to people, and thus helping people grow better, reduce negativity & crime, improve employment & self-employment achieved from the improved creativity, confidence and passion among the readers.

We believe that more the book-lovers, lesser the criminals. Hence, we consider ourselves as the fortunate ones to have reached this domain, driving us to this decision of creating the win-win situation for the Libraries for their LMS automation without cost.

We invite all Librarians, Libraries, Educators, Book-lovers, Authors, Publishers, Book-sellers and everyone connected to books in any-which-way, to participate in this journey, so that, together, we can influence the education in a positive way. This will help us do something wonderfully positive for our next generation and the society as a whole.

Mission & Purpose :
Our mission and purpose is simple to achieve the vision explained above, and we intend to do it in ethical & transparent manner, inspiring the stake-holders through our positive attempts in this direction.

Guiding Principal :
Our guiding principal is : “Treat others as you would have them treat you”. We will do our best to act positive and with the strength of thus gained positive experience, we will double our positive efforts every time.
We invite everyone connected to books in any manner, to accompany us on this journey as equal partners.
Our presence so far is in 15 countries .
The list of clients is also available and can be linked (new Tab) at : www.openlx.com/experience.pdf
Our value system – Ethics Customer is our only priority. This drives our passion to attempt the best. We thank all our customers for their complete support in realizing their (& ours) dream of creating the “trouble-free perfectly working Koha system”

Best Book Buddies is a SaaS Platform of Globally connected automated libraries, without cost to the libraries.
Its a great place for book-lovers, authors, publishers and anyone connected to books in any way.
3 Key features :

    Cost for Library automation becomes ZERO
    Book readers can know the book before buying, can share it, can review-share.
    Authors & Publishers can connect directly with readers.

Innovation :
By providing Free automation to Libraries across the globe (Government, Private, Commercial, Social etc. Libraries of all kinds), we get assured visitors (Library members for their transactions) on our Cloud Portal, thus creating sale-able advertisement space. Additionally, Book-stores, Author forums, Publisher-reader interaction, Discussion forums, National Catalogs, and everything related to books would be there with all social media interaction features.
This is the only such aggregation that will now happen in the world, organizing the books across the globe, making them easily reachable through the web.
Finding location/s of rare books will be just a click away. While each Library would have its individual home page (OPAC), the combined catalog would become the ultimate international catalog of books.
Value proposition :
Libraries will get Free Automation & Maintenance. Librarians will be free of technology issues and be able to concentrate on their domain. Readers will get to know the nearest location of desired book/s. Government & other stake-holders will know exact status of any/all the books. Publishers will be able to connect to readers for the first time in human history. Author forums will make big difference to the future plans of the Authors. Review sharing will help buy the right book/s. Book-lovers will be able to refer, review-share, discuss, exchange and connect as per book/s of their choice.

For Library : Free technology, hosting and maintenance. Freedom from manual data-entry.
For Readers : Book-sharing, Review writing & sharing, Friendship Forums, Author Forums, Publisher Forums.
For Publishers : Direct connect with readers. National Catalogs.

Koha is simply the best Library management solution that the world has seen. Its open-source, open-standards and has all the features needed by any type/size of library. Being open-source, it can be customized by anyone, hence making it truly your own software. We thank the whole of community, each of the contributors to Koha, who have made Koha possible. Its truly a selfless task in which hundreds of individuals and institutions across the world are participating as a self-organized team, working for the whole world.
The most trusted Open Source Integrated Library Management System available today. Koha is a Full-featured truly enterprise-class truly platform-independent, Award winning, Open-Source Integrated Library Management System (ILMS) under GPL V2 (no license fee, ever). A complete modern Web-based, Multilingual OPAC system, KOHA comes with comprehensive functionality with advanced options. Being used worldwide in libraries of all sizes, its development is steered by a growing community of users collaborating to achieve their technology goals. Koha’s feature-set continues to evolve and expand to meet the needs of its user base.

Koha includes MODULES:
CIRCULATION SERIALS AUTHORITIES CONTROL
CATALOGING RESERVES BRANCH RELATIONSHIPS
ACQUISITIONS PATRON MANAGEMENT REPORTS
ADMINISTRATION OPAC SEARCH
COURSE RESERVE PLUG-IN  
MARC Management tools
KOHA's MARC support is rich, encompassing both MARC21 and UNIMARC, Combiner with MARC edition and management tools, cataloging staff can easily and efficiently manage a library's collection of MARC records. These tools include : MARC frameworks to support monographs, serials etc. MARC authorities control Serials management Support for LOC, Dewey or any other classification

Koha Supports:
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Enhanced catalog display using content from Amazon, Google, LibraryThing, Open Library, Syndetics.MARC Import/Exports Can be integrated with your website
Downloading MARC/UNIMARC records via z39.50 searches MARC21 and UNIMARC for professional catalogers Flexible reporting
Manage A/V holdings, ebooks, DVDs,Library-specific holdings types Manage on-line and off line resources with the same tool RSS feed of new acquisitions
Fine Management Virtual Book Shelf Customizable for any UTF-8 Compatible language
Automated email overdue notices Library Standards & Protocols Compliant, while supporting existing work-flows and tools No Vendor Lock-in
Powerful ZEBRA Search Engine offers:
    Innovative simple search
    Comprehensive advance search
Patron empowerment
    to manage their accounts
    email, print, reserve from the Book Bag
    Convenience and privacy
On-line reservations of library resources and Renewal of loaned items
Print your own Bar-code, Spine labels, ID-Cards, Overdue notices, etc. Flexibility to customize according to your library needs Branch Libraries Management and Items transfers
Mature support for standards such as MARC 21, UNIMARC, z39.50, SRU/SW, SIP2, SIP/NCIP and others Customizable Stop Words Budget Management
Koha being multi-tasking, enables updates of circulation, cataloging and issues to occur simultaneously

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