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Basheer Graphic Books

Level 2, Av­enue K, 156 Jalan Am­pang, KL (03 2713 2236/www.basheer­ An in­de­pen­dent chain with branches scat­tered through­out Southeast Asia, Basheer Graphic Books spe­cialises in – as you’d guess – books with pic­tures. Come here to find spe­cialised vol­umes on ar­chi­tec­ture, art, fash­ion, photography and de­sign. Mon-Sat, 10am-8pm; Sun, 11am-6.30pm.


G35, The Sum­mit Subang USJ, Per­siaran Ke­wa­ji­pan USJ 1, Subang Jaya (03 8023 5748/www.face­­li­cious). Lo­cated on the ground floor of the non­de­script Sum­mit USJ, Booka­li­cious! has been pro­vid­ing USJ res­i­dents with dis­counted books for five years, not un­like BookXcess though new ti­tles ar­rive sooner. Friendly owner Ngai is al­ways on hand to pro­vide ad­vice. Daily, 12.30-10pm.

Book­street En­ter­prise

20 Jalan 28/70A, Desa Sri Har­ta­mas, KL (03 2300 1406). This hid­den gem tucked away in Desa Sri Har­ta­mas is part book­store and part li­brary. Bor­row read­ing ma­te­rial for a small fee, first by pay­ing its cover price and then by sell­ing the book back to Book­street when you’re through. You’ll find tons of English vol­umes, a small sec­tion car­ry­ing Chi­nese and Malay books, a de­cent amount of chil­dren’s lit­er­a­ture and an im­pres­sive range of in­ter­na­tional mag­a­zines. Tue-Sun, 11am-7.30pm.


L3-60, Am­corp Mall, 18 Jalan Per­siaran Barat, PJ (03 7956 0455/ BookXcess was set up to bring read­ing ma­te­rial to Malaysian bibliophiles at ware­house prices. The ma­jor­ity of its stock is sourced from pub­lisher re­turns and over­runs, which ex­plains the amaz­ing bar­gains. Stock­ing ev­ery­thing from chil­dren’s il­lus­trated books to last year’s bestsellers, book lovers might find them­selves brows­ing for hours. Mon-Sat, 10.30am-9.30pm; Sat-Sun, 10am-9.30pm.

Comics Mart

Third floor, Mid Val­ley Mega­mall, Lingkaran Syed Pu­tra, KL (03 2287 0626/Face­book: Comics-Mart-Mid­val­ley). Manned by hard­core comic book deal­ers, Comics Mart dou­bles as a games venue that hosts weekly gam­ing tour­na­ments for ‘Warham­mer 40K’ and ‘Magic: The Gath­er­ing’. Check out the ac­tion fig­urines and limited edi­tion comics. Daily, 10am-10pm.


Lot 406-408 & 429-430, Level 4, Suria KLCC, KL (03 216 8133/malaysia. ki­noku­ Floor to ceil­ing glass win­dows flood this sprawl­ing book­store with nat­u­ral light and pro­vide a spec­tac­u­lar view of KLCC’s foun­tains. De­spite be­ing a Ja­panese chain, Ki­noku­niya is well-stocked with English, Chi­nese and Malay pub­li­ca­tions. This dis­abled-friendly book­store is also equipped with an el­e­va­tor. Daily, 10am-10pm.

The Mind Shop

F33, Cen­tre­point Ban­dar Utama, Le­buh Ban­dar Utama (03 7729 8246). The Mind Shop is a first-rate venue for comic book en­thu­si­asts. Owner Alex Kong turned his hobby into a busi­ness in the late ’80s and has moved the store fre­quently (KL Plaza, Starhill Shop­ping Cen­tre and 1 Utama were

for­mer stomp­ing grounds). Nev­er­the­less, the shop’s win­ning com­bi­na­tion of Amer­i­can comics, back is­sues from Marvel and DC, ac­tion fig­ures and glossy posters re­mains con­stant at its present lo­ca­tion in Cen­tre­point. Mon & Thu, 11.30am-4pm, 7-9pm; Wed & Fri, 11.30am-9pm; Sat-Sun, 11.30am-7pm.

The Other Book­store

L2-33A, Sec­ond floor, Trop­i­cana City Mall, 3 Jalan SS20/27, PJ (03 7710 5405/www. face­­book­store). A care­fully cu­rated col­lec­tion of books await you at The Other Book­store. Nes­tled on its dark shelves are vol­umes on photography, art, ad­ver­tis­ing and de­sign. It’s a book­shop for a niche crowd – ty­pog­ra­phy en­thu­si­asts, to be ex­act – but also draws young and well-heeled art school stu­dents be­cause of its spe­cial­ist stock. Most books start at RM100. Mon-Fri, 11am-9.30pm; Sat-Sun, 10.30am-10pm.

Skoob Books

Lot 122 and 123, First floor, Me­nara Mu­tiara Ma­jes­tic, Jalan Oth­man, PJ (03 7770 2500). Skoob Books is a sec­ond­hand book­shop where you can sense that books are re­ally loved. A far cry from the bright, or­derly and over­priced chain book­stores, Skoob car­ries an eclec­tic range of rea­son­ably priced books with prices be­tween RM10-RM20. You’ll find it hard not to walk away with a stack of books. Mon-Sat, 10.30am-8pm; Sun and Public Hol­i­days, 10.30am-6pm.

Subang Jaya Book Ex­change

BEP Cabin, Jalan USJ 12/2F, Subang Jaya (www.face­ A highly lauded ini­tia­tive by USJ res­i­dents, the Subang Jaya Book Ex­change is held ev­ery

first and third Sun­day of the month. Get rid of the books you no longer need by sub­mit­ting them to a vol­un­teer for qual­ity in­spec­tion, af­ter which you’ll get to se­lect and take home a num­ber of other dona­tions. The team be­hind the book ex­change is con­stantly look­ing for vol­un­teers, so of­fer your time and ef­fort to meet fel­low book lovers.

First and third Sun of the month, 3-5pm.

Sun Comic

First and third floors, Sungei Wang Plaza, Jalan Sul­tan Is­mail, KL (03 2143 1936); Lower ground floor, eCurve, Mu­tiara Da­mansara, PJ (03 7722 1936/www. sun­ Sun Comic caters to a niche mar­ket – namely fans of manga (Ja­panese grapic nov­els) and anime (Ja­panese mo­tion graph­ics). The comic store is ac­tive in or­gan­is­ing and spon­sor­ing lo­cal Ja­panese events. (Sun­gai Wang Plaza) Daily, 11am-9.30pm; (eCurve) Daily, 11am-10.30pm.


Barkath Book­store

100 Per­siaran Bunga Raya, Langkawi Mall, Kuah, Langkawi (04 966 5007). Hit up Barkath for sta­tionery, school text­books and books in Ara­bic.

Mon-Sat, 9.30am-9.30pm.


Thai Kuang Book Store

Lot 479 & 481, Ground floor, Plaza Me­laka, Jalan Hang Tuah (06 282 5022). Tucked away on the ground floor of a small shop­ping mall, Thai Kuang Book Store stocks mostly text­books and some dusty English ti­tles.

Daily, 9am-6pm.

Negeri Sem­bi­lan

Si­naran Book­store

17 Jalan Dato’ Sheikh Ah­mad, Serem­ban (06 762 7755). Widely rec­om­mended by lo­cals as the best book­shop in town, Si­naran Book­store can get crowded on week­ends. Be sure to ap­ply for the dis­count card for bet­ter sav­ings!

Mon-Sat, 9am-9pm.


Asia Ed­u­ca­tional Sup­plies

206 & 208 Jalan Carnar­von, Ge­orge Town (04 261 7436). Come here for sec­ond­hand books and art sup­plies such as high qual­ity brushes, pa­per and paint.

Daily, 9am-6pm.

Aw Yong Book Store

33-4-25, Fourth floor, Pran­gin Mall, Jalan Dr Lim Chee Wee, Ge­orge Town; 3F-46, Third floor, Queens­bay Mall, Per­siaran Baru, Bayan Lepas (04 641 5714). This spe­cial­ist in comic books and Ja­panese manga has two out­lets un­der its name. Aw Yong’s col­lec­tion of glossy, pa­per­back comics prove a vis­ual treat for comic lovers.

Daily, 10.30am-10.30pm.

HS SAM Book Store

473 Le­buh Chu­lia, Ge­orge Town (04 262 2705). Touted as one of Ge­orge Town’s best sec­ond­hand book­shops, HS SAM car­ries a fair range of pa­per­backs that cost be­tween RM10-RM40. Ad­di­tional ser­vices in­clude bike rental and lug­gage stor­age.

Daily, 9am-9.30pm.

Leo Books

Lot 1-25, First floor, Is­land Plaza, 118 Jalan Tan­jong Tokong (04 899 8911/www. leo­book­ Lo­cated in Is­land Plaza, Leo Books aims to ‘make read­ing more af­ford­able’ by car­ry­ing both new and used books. Leo also pur­chases pre-loved books at a per­cent­age of the orig­i­nal price. Check out the wide range of ma­te­ri­als by lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional au­thors and pick up an English-Hokkien pocket dic­tio­nary. The chil­dren’s sec­tion is among the bet­ter ones we’ve spot­ted. Mon & Wed-Sun, 11am-8pm; Sun, 11am-6pm.


Eaton’s Books and Toys

Third floor, Cen­tre Point Shop­ping Mall, Kota Kin­a­balu (08 823 7855). Home to a de­cent se­lec­tion of books, games, sta­tionery and puzzles, Eaton’s is worth check­ing out for the sake of the kids.

Daily, 10am-10pm.



Ground and first floor, Wisma Anza, Jalan Haji Taha, Kuching (08 242 9157/www. my-book­ Still op­er­at­ing af­ter more than 20 years, MyBook­store of­fers a wide range of ti­tles for both kids and grownups.

Mon-Sat, 9am-7.30pm; Sun, 9am-3pm.

Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions


Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions na­tion­wide (www.bor­ders. No one will mind if you while away an en­tire af­ter­noon at Bor­ders; in fact, the em­ploy­ees en­cour­age brows­ing and read­ing. Most Bor­ders out­lets house a Star­bucks café for pick-me-ups. Jing-Si Books & Café

Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions na­tion­wide ( An oa­sis of calm, Jing-Si is part café, part book­store and part bamboo gar­den. That be­ing said, avoid Jing-Si on the week­ends when teenagers and stu­dents ar­rive in swarms. While most books are in Chi­nese, there is a smaller sec­tion car­ry­ing English read­ing ma­te­rial. MPH Book­stores

Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions na­tion­wide (1 300 888 674/www.mphon­ Boasting mul­ti­ple out­lets through­out the coun­try, MPH car­ries read­ing ma­te­rial for kids of all ages from tod­dlers to teens. In or­der to sup­port the new gen­er­a­tion of writ­ers, the MPH Group or­gan­ises bi­en­nial writ­ing con­tests for youth. En­rol your child in the MPH Kidz Club to en­joy a ten per­cent dis­count off chil­dren’s books plus a 15 per­cent dis­count at the book­store café. Cer­tain MPH branches hold sto­ry­telling ses­sions and kids’ ac­tiv­i­ties ev­ery week­end. POPULAR Book­store

Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions na­tion­wide (www.popular. Be­stowed the largest lo­cal book­store chain by the Malaysian Book of Records, POPULAR has more than 70 out­lets tak­ing up 700,000 sq ft of re­tail space in to­tal. The trilin­gual book­store is fre­quented for its cheap school sup­plies, school text­books and re­vi­sion books, mag­a­zines and ex­ten­sive CD sec­tion. Times Book­store Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions na­tion­wide (www. times­book­ Pop­u­lated by stu­dents shop­ping for school sup­plies and sta­tionery, Times Book­store of­fers great membership perks. Sign up and en­joy a 20 per­cent off wel­come voucher, 25 per­cent off se­lected re­leases plus fur­ther deals on your birth­day.

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