Singapore places high value on education and there is no shortage of bookstores to choose from. If you only have time for one shopping centre for books, Orchard Road or Bras Basah Complex are probably your best bets. In addition to traditional book stores, there are many online only book sellers.
Bookstores in Singapore
There is no shortage of bookstores in Singapore. While you can browse and read books in different branches of Singapore Library, when it come to buying books, below are the recommended bookstores in Singapore.
1. Borders Singapore
Borders Singapore is the American giant book and music seller. Borders Books & Music can find you any book, in or out of print, any piece of music, any magazine, comic or newspaper that you can think of. Whatever they don’t have in their extensive collection, they will track down for you. Not only do they offer books and other reading materials, they carry several other product lines including calendars, stationary, gift sets, toys and maps. They also carry a wide range of teaching materials and study guides. They also offer children’s story hours, writers groups and book clubs within the store.
If all that weren’t enough, you can enjoy your favorite cup of Seattle coffee, a delicious fruit tart or a healthy sandwich in the Borders Café. There are currently two Borders located in Singapore: Borders Wheelock, at 501 Orchard Road, and Borders Parkway, at 80 Marine Parade Road.
2. Kinokuniya Singapore
Kinokuniya Singapore has an extensive collection of Japanese, Chinese, English, French and German books and other publications. In addition to books, magazines, comics and newspapers, Kinokuniya Singapore hosts many cultural events such as ikebana, language learning workshops, comic art demonstrations and book launchings and signings. They also offer stationary supplies and a very thorough college and university research department. The Singapore Main Store is located at 391 Orchard Road, with two other branches at Liang Court and Bugis Junction.
3. Popular Bookstore
Popular Bookstore offers far more than books with its superb collection of toys, gifts, software, computer and Internet resources, stationary, electronics music and movies. They offer college and university textbooks, educational software, children’s books, games and toys, as well as language and reference materials. They have a reward program for members, recommended book lists and monthly specials.
They have locations at Bras Basah Complex, Suntec City Mall, Tiong Bahru Plaza, Bishan Junction, Causeway Point, Compass Point, Heartland Mall, Hougang Mall, Jubilee Entertainment Centre, Northpoint, Sembawang Shopping Centre, Sun Plaza, Thomson NTUC, Toya Payoh HDB Hub, United Square, East Point, Marine Parade Central, Singapore Post Centre, Tampines Mall, White Sands, Bukit Panjang Plaza, Bukit Timah Plaza, IMM Building, Jurong East, Jurong Point, Lot One, West Coast Plaza and West Mall, as well as at several college and university campuses.
4. Times Bookstore
Times Bookstore has locations at Centrepoint, Plaza Singapura, Marina Square, Funan DigitaLife Mall, Jelita and Tampines Mall. Times Book Stores offer excellent customer service, helping you to search out and find rare and out of print books and they offer Member Rewards Programs. They carry fiction, nonfiction, trade publications, textbooks, comics, magazines and many book-related products such as reading lights, stationary and calendars. They cater to every reading level with professional guides, children’s books, cookbooks, travel books and maps and much, much more.
Most of their books are in English and the environment at Times Book Stores is very inviting.
Tecman is a Christian book store that offers scripture journals, NIV Bibles, wedding items, monthly sales and discounts and a huge inventory of Christian books for men, women and children. Located in the Bras Basah Complex, it is easy to reach Tecman using MRT or bus.
6. Ana Book Store
Ana Book Store offers cheap, used books for sale or rent. This store is frequently largely by teens and young adults. They offer a wide selection of books, magazines, comics, academic titles and newspapers. Located on Orchard Road, Ana Book Store is very popular, though a bit disorganized.
BookPoint is Singapore’s largest dealer of rare, used, hard to find and out of print books. They carry a great selection of textbooks, reference books, fiction, nonfiction and professional books for readers of all ages and reading levels. Located in the 230 block of Bain Street, they carry books on astrology, fashion, design and costumes, craft books, finance and banking books, books on architecture, autobiographies, chemistry, business and so much more.
8. Funan Computer Bookstore
Funan Computer Bookstore located in Funan Centre, offers over 20,000 titles related to computers and everything IT. In addition to books, Funan Computer Book Store offers software, manuals and everything for the gamer, technology buff, webmaster and novice computer builder, repairman or programmer. The selection is truly mind-boggling. The staff is very helpful and knowledgeable.
9. Mary Martin Booksellers
Mary Martin Booksellers, situated on the 230 block of Bain Street, hails from Adelaide, Australia with a fine offering of books from Asia and around the globe, covering subjects from architecture to history, literature to language learning, and every subject in between. Recently expanding their outlets to include Africa, Mary Martin Booksellers has expanded their offerings to include books from every continent as well as digital products and reference books.
10. Select Books
Select Books carry books on everything Asian: Asian arts, Asian children’s books, Asian economics, Asian literature, Asian history, Asian art and architecture, Asian non-fiction and Asian politics. Located on Tanglin Road, Select Books also carries a nice selection of coffee table books, full of beautiful photographs, plant and animal field guides. Select Books is a favorite among students in Singapore as well.
11. Page One The Bookshop
Page One, The Bookshop is located in VivoCity, is famous for its inventory of books related to art and design in both Chinese and English. They also carry a wide variety of periodicals, music and movie titles. In addition to books, magazines and comics, you can find handicrafts and Asian artifacts for you gift shopping needs. They also offer special events such as My Creative Room in which local movie critics are invited to introduce 20 local media talents, which raises money for the Singapore International Film Festival.
Harris is a subdivision of Popular Books, encourages us to “Read it! Love it!” with locations at Great World City, Suntec City Mall, Changi Airport and Jurong Point. Its charming atmosphere and contemporary selection of books makes Harris and enjoyable pastime for book lovers everywhere. The staff at Harris is enthusiastically knowledgeable about books, writers and literature. Here, you can request special editions and hard-to-find titles. Anyone who truly loves books will feel right at home in any Harris bookstore.
You can also step into any nearest Singapore Library branch for reading and browsing the books. Also checkout book sales as the above bookstores used to help clearance sale once a year.