KL & Surrounds
Basheer Graphic Books
Level 2, Avenue K, 156 Jalan Ampang, KL (03 2713 2236/www.basheergraphic.com). 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.facebook.com/bookalicious). 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.
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/www.bookxcess.com). 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.
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. kinokuniya.com/store). 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. facebook.com/Theotherbookstore). 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.
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.facebook.com/sjusjbep). 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.
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. suncomic.com.my). 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.
100 Persiaran Bunga Raya, Langkawi Mall, Kuah, Langkawi (04 966 5007). Hit up Barkath for stationery, school textbooks and books in Arabic.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Lot 1-25, First floor, Island Plaza, 118 Jalan Tanjong Tokong (04 899 8911/www. leobookstore.com). 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.
Ground and first floor, Wisma Anza, Jalan Haji Taha, Kuching (08 242 9157/www. my-bookstore.com.my). 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 nationwide (www.borders. com.my). 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 (www.cafe. jingsi.my). 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.mphonline.com). 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. com.my). 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. timesbookstores.com.my). 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.
Basheer Graphic Books