eBook Lending Soars in Airport

KLIA and klia2 eBook via bluetooth beacon disburse more than 40 thousand borrowings

IMG_3322 (1)Cyberjaya, 3rd February 2017 – KLIA and klia2 launched a free service allowing passengers to download eBooks and bring with them on flights in the month of May last year.

Ever since launched, until end of 2016, the service have distributed more than 40 thousand eBooks to passengers from all corners of the world, and still continuing to grow.

This is an astonishing achievement and a proof that Internet of Things actually benefits our lifestyle. Imagine doing this with printed books? The cost, the mess, the logistics, it will be impossible. With the infrastructure in place at KLIA and klia2, thousands of ebooks have been distributed without making a sound or fuss”, says Faiz Al-Shahab from e-Sentral, the company behind the facility at KLIA and klia2.

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Accumulated

KLIA CP

7604

KLIA Satellite

8126

klia2

12007

Total

40570

From data shared, passengers of all sorts of nationalities have been using the eBook borrowing system, with obviously Malaysians being the majority users. Novels, travel and political ebooks are also the revealed as the most popular genre picked by passengers.

We also have equally same amount of ebook lend outs between KLIA and klia2, although klia2 have a higher traffic for passengers. This is probably because klia2 caters more quick stop and short trip passengers who have lesser time before and after flights, if compared to KLIA passengers”, explains Faiz.

This facility which consists of 80 eBook beacons with 50meters radius fencing strategically placed at locations of the airports marked with flags and instructions, is considered the first Internet of Things infrastructure of its kind in the world. Currently, travelers in KLIA have a choice of more than 400 ebook titles ranging from all sorts of categories. Once the ebooks are downloaded, the passenger can use the ebooks for their waiting time and air travel. Each passengers are entitled to borrow up to two titles for a duration of two days.

This ebook rental via Bluetooth beacon facility is a partnership effort between e-Sentral.com (Xentral Methods Sdn Bhd), Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB), and Perbadanan Kota Buku.

More info : www.e-sentral.com/fez


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Ikhlas memupuk budaya membaca?

Kita sering kali mendengar kutukan terhadap masyarakat Malaysia yang kurang membaca, kurang prihatin terhadap budaya membaca, dan tidak mementingkan buku.

Namun kami berpendapat masyarakat Malaysia suka membaca, walaupun budaya membaca tidak dipentingkan atau dipupuk. Kita harus ingat, bahawa budaya membaca Malaysia masih di fasa awal kerana berabad-abad sebelum ini bahan bacaan tempatan tidak banyak. Jadi secara amnya, kita lihat permintaan untuk buku telah meningkat dari tahun ke tahun  sejak lewat 90an meskipun dorongan dari ibubapa dan pihak atasan masih kurang.

Melihat pada belanjawan, apabila diperlukan penjimatan, sektor yang akan menderita dahulu adalah sektor perpustakaan dan perbukuan. Begitu juga sikapnya terhadap memupuk budaya membaca dalam kebanyakkan entiti Malaysia. Kebanyakan agensi dan syarikat tidak mengambil serius terhadap penerapan budaya membaca, hanya sekadar bermain dibibir sahaja.

Sebagai contoh, apabila melihat Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) kononnya ingin menggalakkan budaya membaca di stesen keretapi, kami berjumpa KTMB untuk mencadangkan beberapa kaedah untuk membekalkan bahan bacaan untuk pengguna keretapi. Memandangkan kadar tiket yang lebih tinggi, kini semua sektor pengangkutan awam tertekan untuk memberi perkhidmatan yang lebih baik. Namun, walaupun telah menyediakan “ruang membaca” di stesen keretapi, KTMB lebih mengutamakan perkhidmatan menonton movie dalam bentuk digital berbanding dengan buku. Cerita pasal buku sekadar wayang sahaja.

Ruang tanpa bahan. Adakah kita ikhlas untuk memupuk budaya membaca?
Ruang tanpa bahan. Adakah kita ikhlas untuk memupuk budaya membaca?
Sekadar memenuhi KPI entiti tanpa impak sebenar.
Sekadar memenuhi KPI entiti tanpa impak sebenar.

Kita juga sering kali mendengar kutukan terhadap kualiti buku yang dibaca, picisan dan terlalu jiwang karat katanya. Mungkin fenomena ini ada kebenarannya, namun mengapa buku menjadi mangsa kutukan sedangkan banyak lagi perkara lain yang layak menerima kecaman daripada masyarakat? Kami berpendapat, sektor media lain lebih banyak membawa bahan-bahan yang tiada kualiti dan memperbodohkan masyarakat berbanding dengan sektor buku, tapi kurang mendapat kutukan kerana ramai antara kita juga yang suka menontonnya.

Media Prima dan Astro telah berabad-abad membekal masyarakat kita dengan tontonan yang melemahkan kita, namun tiada teguran yang cukup untuk memberhentikan perkara ini. Penonton Malaysia yang terpekik-pekik dan menari-nari atas arahan selebriti kini dianggap normal.

Hiburan yang tiada kualiti pada kaca televisyen tidak mendapat kutukan yang sewajarnya
Hiburan yang tiada kualiti pada kaca televisyen tidak mendapat kutukan yang sewajarnya

Untuk kebanyakan entiti seperti sektor hiburan, perbankan, perumahan dan lain-lain, masyarakat yang tidak membaca dan tidak berfikir menguntungkan kerana tidak banyak bertanya dan tidak banyak bersoal. Namun apabila kita mempunyai masyarakat sebegini, sektor pekerjaan lambat laun akan susah kerana kita tidak mempunyai tenaga kerja yang berkemahiran tinggi dan bermaklumat.

Membaca adalah baik walaupun dianggap lambat kerana membaca mengasah minda kita untuk menggunakan imaginasi. Imaginasi akan menyumbang kepada kreativiti dan kemahiran berfikir.  Dengan ini kita ada harapan untuk membentukkan masyarakat yang bijak menggunakan lorong memandu, yang tidak berebut-rebut dan bertolak-tolak ketika “buffet Ramadhan”, yang bermaruah dan menolak rasuah, yang bekerja dan tidak curi tulang, yang tidak prejudis terhadap agama atau warna kulit, dan yang lebih ikhlas dan amanah.

Saksikan rebutan makanan ketika buffet buka puasa Ramadhan tidak lama lagi
Saksikan perebutan makanan ketika buffet buka puasa Ramadhan tidak lama lagi

Binalah dunia yang lebih baik untuk kita, dengan membina masyarakat Malaysia yang membaca.

 

 

 

Christmas Holiday and then wrapping up 2015!

Before you realize another year has gone by, and 2015 have been one of those years.

In the ebook front, this year e-Sentral has not done anything spectacular, but for some weird reason we have seen significant growth in ebook demand despite of all obstacles and challenges in creating awareness.

Having said this, early in the year, we introduced Microsoft Windows 8.1 reader application. This new addition made e-Sentral’s public facility to be complete.

For all the other applications such as iOS and Android, 2015 introduced many features to make our reader applications to be faster, more seamless and robust. Our technology have made a huge leap from early days of e-Sentral when we had plenty of complains sounding like “Why is your app not like XXXXXX etc etc etc etc….?”.

In fact, 2015 allowed e-Sentral to introduce a new frontier in ebook technology, whereby this company installed the first in the world facility of ebook rental and check out via Bluetooth Beacon in Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

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As for 2016, there are more in store to be introduced. We are making new partners and should carve a new generation for e-Sentral. We expect lesser corporate and government spending in 2016, but with price hikes left right and center, perhaps proposition for ebooks which suggest no trip to the shop entailing petrol, parking, wear and tear, and printing cost, may become more appealing to South East Asians. We have always had steady audience in public transport segment, but with public transport shooting through the roof, we are also hoping that these loyal ebook readers do not give up their carriage for a seat in the car.

We will be doing some interesting campaigns in 2016, to reveal some – “Just read”, “Bored of social media? “, “Say NO to politics” and much more.

See you in the next one…in the mean time, Merry Christmas, and safe trip for those who are travelling.

Pelancaran eusahawan oleh YAB Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak

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EBUKU Interaktif Kuasai Perniagaan Internet Siri 1 Oleh Wan Nong Muzafar

Sebentar lagi ebuku interaktif yang berjudul Kuasai Perniagaan Internet akan dilancarkan oleh Yang Amat Berhormat Dato’ Seri Haji Mohammad Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak, Perdana Menteri Malaysia pada hari ini yang akan dibawakan secara langsung dari Pusat Dagangan Dunia Putra [PWTC], Kuala Lumpur.

Ebuku interaktif yang bakal dilancarakan ini merupakan salah satu inisiatif kerajaan bagi membantu para usahwan dalam menceburi perniagaan online. Sememangnya, kami berharap lebih ramai para usahawan internet akan tertarik dengan buku ini seterusnya mengaplikasikan dalam perniagaan mereka.

Bersama ini juga, ada  Video Kata Aluan ebuku interaktif oleh Dato’ Yasmin Mahmood yang bertajuk Kuasai Perniagaan Internet .

Kepada yang berminat untuk mendapatkan ebuku interaktif ini boleh terus layari laman web kami e- Sentral. Kami juga akan bawakan kepada anda secara lansgung mengenai majlis pelancaran itu sebentar lagi. Itu sahaja untuk setakat ini. Nantikan update terbaru dari kami mengenai majlis tersebut.

 

 

Pelancaran Ebuku Institut Tadbiran Awam Negara [ INTAN ]

Sedikit gambaran kepada anda mengenai pelancaran ebuku INTAN yang dibangunkan oleh E- Sentral telah berlangsung pagi tadi dalam majlis INTAN Digital Exploration 2015. Pelancaran ini dirasmikan oleh Tan Sri Mohamad Zabidi Zainal, Ketua Pengarah JPA. Besama ini juga, ada video pelancaran INTAN bagi majlis tersebut.


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Antara judul- judul yang telah dilancarkan dalam pelancaran tersebut Kreativiti Dan Inovasi Menjana Insan ProduktifResearch Methodology ManualSemerah Darah Seputih Tulang: Patriotisme Merentas Kehidupan. Bahan bacaan ini sangat ilmiah dan mampu membina tamadun masa depan. Untuk mengetahui lebih lanjut mengenai ebuku INTAN, pembaca dapat melayari di http://intan.e-sentral.com/

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E-Sentral Android Reader: Update as of 30th October 2015

Hello readers!

 

We had done some updating to our current Android application to further enhance your reading experience. Check out our new update by installing them from your Google Play!

Without further ado, let’s move on to the new features:

1. New Sorting

Sorting - Now you can sort based on your recently bought titles
Sorting – now your ebooks are automatically sort based on purchase’s recency

Previously, you were limited to sorting based on Downloaded, Title and Author. Now your ebooks will be automatically sorted based on your recent purchase.

Oh, don’t worry about the missing Downloaded feature. We will get to it now.

 

2. New Filter

Filter – Now you can also filter according to ebooks’ category

Our saviour from getting overloaded with both downloaded and purchased ebooks, Downloaded filter is moved here. Now you can also filter according to ebook’s category.

 

3. Custom Tab made easier !

Previously, you have to tap + button on top, then tap red button at the bottom corner, then go up AGAIN to search for your ebooks right? Not anymore!

Now you tap the red button on top, then add the ebooks on the shelf. All happening at the top of your screen, less radio exercise for your hand and finger.

Tap the red button to create your custom tab.
1. Tap the red button to create your custom tab.

To create a custom tab, tap the red button on top right corner of your screen.

2. Name the tab, then click
2. Name the tab, then click “Create Tab”

Type the name you wish for the tab, then click “Create Tab”. For demonstration purposes, I named it “Test”.

3. Click on + button inside the box to add ebooks

Now you have your custom tab ready. Start adding ebooks to your personal tab by clicking + button inside the rectangle.

4. Search the ebooks you wish to add, then click on the ebook.
4. Search the ebooks you wish to add, then click on the ebook.

Here you can search for ebooks you wish to add. Let’s say I want to add “HARD CORE” by Megat Ishak, so I click on HARD CORE…

5. Now the ebook has been added to my custom tab.
5. Now the ebook has been added to my custom tab.

Now HARD CORE has been added to my “Test” custom tab. All happening at top half of the screen.

 

4. Image zooming made easier.

We know, our image zooming kinda sucks last time, so now we’ve improved it. For demonstration, I’ve used our e-comic (don’t judge guys, I love Maze Runner).

1. Original Picture
1. Original Picture

Now make a spread gesture using your thumb and index finger to zoom.

2. Picture after zooming in, using spread gesture

Some of you are rolling eyes by now and said, “Now the picture is too big, I want to see the first panel!”, perhaps with a couple of curses and boos. Yes, you can. Still using two fingers, drag your finger across the screen to move the picture around.

 

3. Scroll the picture to the first panel using two fingers

There you go, first panel! You can move around your pictures now. To zoom out, pinch the screen until the picture goes back to its original size.

 

And that’s all for now. Anything you find from our new update? We would love to hear feedback from you! Drop us an email at info@e-sentral.com or comment at this thread.

 

Interesting New English eBook Titles on E-Sentral.com

Some of our visitors may already know that we also have English titles on E-Sentral. And we are expecting more soon!

Currently, with some agreements from abroad, we have some romance ebooks from well-known author, Barbara Cartland. If you don’t know who that is, she wrote romance best-sellers in 50s and 60s. Perhaps you can try mentioning that name to your mother and see if she knows her.  There are also works from author such as Michael Gilbert, John Creasey and Benjamin Hulme Cross if you are a fan of mystery or crime fiction. Classics lit fans would also find enjoyment in our tale collections such as The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes, Treasure Island, Emma and many more.

And that’s not the end of it. If  We also have recipe books from famous chefs such as Jacques PépinGiuliano Hazan, Gesine Bullock-Prado, Gee Charman, Betty Saw and Chef Wan. For Western comic fans, we also have comics series of Doctor Who, Assassin’s Creed, The Walking Dead, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Maze Runner, Garfield, Kung fu Panda, Strawberry Shortcake and many more.

Lastly, we also have a series of ebooks relating to game cheats and walkthrough. If you are still struggling with Angry Bird and Assassin’s Creed, then perhaps you can check these out.

Stay tuned for our next update!