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By: kimberly on 21 Jan 2013
Bibliophiles would love the great range of bookstores in Singapore, from the bigger players like Kinokuniya to small stores like Books Actually. Catch up on the latest bestsellers or simply plow through old classics.

Books Kinokuniya

The Japanese bookstore at Ngee Ann City is the largest in Singapore, with about 500 000 titles to choose, with an extensive range of literature from comics, travel books, biographies, self-help, classics, fantasy, children's books to languages and lifestyle. The books also cover five different languages such as English, Japanese, Chinese, French and German. Aside from Ngee Ann City, Kinokuniya can also be found at Bugis Junction and Liang Court.].

Books Actually

With all the comfort that quaint book shops can provide, Book Actually is sheltered away from the city centre and is a safe haven at Tiong Bahru. Located at at 9 Yong Siak Street. They stock the good old classics alongside a few of their own published books under the name Math Paper Press. If you're curious about local literature, do drop by and pick up a few titles. Books Actually also doubles up as a retailer of retro items such as film cameras, typewriters and moleskine notebooks, art-sy prints, cards and old Atari joysticks.

Littered With Books

The newest player to the book-selling business, Littered With Books scores points with its unpretentious décor amidst the more showy stores and restaurants along Duxton Road. Like Books Actually, this store does not stock bestsellers, but literary works for all ages. Staff are friendly and knowledgeable, too! Venture to the second floor for more. If they don't stock what you're looking for, you can always place an order with them.


The Malaysia Publishing House or MPH predominantly distributes and represents major United Kingdom and United States publishers including Simon & Schuster, Harper Collins, Random House, Little Brown, Transworld, Hachette, Usborne, Parragon, Persus, Publishers Group West and Egmont. A long-standing book retailer, MPH regularly hosts meet-the-author sessions and has outlets at [email protected], Raffles City, CityLink Mall and on Robinson Road.

Times Bookstores

A no-frills bookstore, Times Bookstore is the retail arm of Times Publishing Limited. Having a vast range of books from children's fiction books to academia, general adult fiction, information systems, humanities to travel, Times also carries stationery, greeting cards, multimedia and a fine selection of Sheaffer pens. Outlets include Tampines 1, Centrepoint, Plaza Singapura, Marina Square, Suntec City Mall and Jelita.

Harris Bookstore

A subsidiary of most Singaporean’s frequented bookstore, Popular, Harris focuses on more imported books. Unlike Popular, which is mainly a local’s choice for stationery, assessment books and little stock of imported titles, Harris sells an impressive variety of books for its age from classic novels to magazines, reference titles, self-help guide books to children’s books. Since its opening in Great World City, Harris has extended its operations to [email protected] as well as Jurong Point Shopping Centre.


Too busy to browse through rows and rows of books? Try OpenTrolley. As Singapore’s leading online bookstore, OpenTrolley sells books at slightly cheaper prices as compared to its physical bookstore contemporaries. Orders usually take about 1-2 weeks to be delivered and less popular books are shipped in 2-4 weeks. A registered mail delivery can be done through Singpost for S$4.98 per order. Alternatively you may choose do a self-collection at Toy Outpost at Plaza Singapura which costs S$2.80 per order.

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