Hyderabad: A set of new rewritable notebooks by a city-based publisher has added to the number of options available for environment-friendly people in Hyderabad.
Each ‘Paper Mill’ rewritable notebook created by the Hyderabad-based Edutainment Publishers saves 17 trees, thus providing a sense of satisfaction for nature lovers.
The books are developed entirely with recycled paper, based on a path-breaking initiative by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur. The range includes scribbling pads, plain notebooks, copywriting notebooks, combined notebooks and drawing books, so there is something in it for everyone.
Gel pens and sketch pens, but not ball pens, can be used to write and rewrite hundreds of times, with a simple wipe of a wet cloth erasing every trace of the text, rendering the pages as white as new. The pages are thick and sturdy, and one can write and rewrite on the covers of the books as well. The icing on this green cake is that all the books are completely waterproof.
The response in terms of sales has been excellent, even though the books were made available to the public only a few months ago, Sumanth B, managing partner of the publishing firm, told Telangana Today.
“We sell these books from various stalls placed at events that promote environment-friendly initiatives. But more importantly, the books are available on Amazon and Flipkart, and we regularly receive orders from Hyderabad as well as other cities such as New Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai,” said Sumanth.
Meanwhile, in a couple of months, the publisher will launch India’s first digital rewritable notebook, 40 pages long and connected to Google Drive.
“It is in the final stages of research and development. We should be able to launch it within two months, and we are thrilled about it. You can use ball, sketch, gel or any other kind of pen to write on the pages as if you are writing in a regular book, except that all your text will automatically get stored in Google Drive, date-wise and subject-wise. If you write math problems in the book, it will automatically create a ‘mathematics’ folder in your Google Drive, and so on for all subjects,” said Sumanth.
Currently, Amazon.in sells a similar product but made with a different technology, developed by a UK-based startup. Sumanth and his team plan to offer the first indigenously made digital rewritable notebook.