5 Ways to Buy Books in Singapore


There is no doubt you have all heard bibliophiles say, “You can never have too many books.” But bookworms encounter the obstacle of rising book prices. Some choose to avoid this issue by purchasing books online instead, where they can compare book prices and shipping fees. Do note that some online book shops require a minimum spend for cheaper shipping costs.

Additionally, all avid readers can agree that going to a bookstore is heaven to them. Taking your own sweet time to browse through titles is an experience that no online bookstore can replace. However, with the fast-paced, busy lives that Singaporeans face, not everyone can fork out the time to spend hours in the bookstore looking for their latest book. Online bookstores mitigate this concern by providing a convenient, fuss-free method of purchasing books and sending them straight to your address.

Therefore, to help all the book lovers in Singapore, we have compiled 5 of our favorite (online and physical) bookstores below. 

Book Depository is recognized by many to be one of the most popular online bookshops. With a catalog of 20 million books, Book Depository spoils its patrons with a plethora of options. They also provide free shipping with no minimum spend, allowing you to purchase more frequently and in smaller quantities.

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Many Singaporeans, not just confined to bookworms, relish walking through the aisles of books in Kinokuniya (especially the incredible astounding Takashimaya S.C. Flagship outlet). As the top bookstore in Singapore, Kinokuniya houses a comprehensive collection of over 500,000 titles in its Main Store. Visit their online website to check the availability of your book in stores or purchase it directly online!

SGBookShelf is an online bookstore on Shopzone created by Ho Printing Pte Ltd to provide Singaporeans with curated local books. We carry works from different local authors and publishers with many categories ranging from comic books to educational books. Customers can easily find titles suited to their children that are both entertaining and enriching. Furthermore, we offer a collection of both English as well as Chinese works.

BooksActually is a local independent bookstore. They concentrate mainly in the categories of fiction and literature. Take a visit to their quaint bookstore in the quiet neighborhood of Tiong Bahru. With a warm and welcoming setting, customers can slowly peruse through the books. Conversely, there is also the option of purchasing your wanted title straight on their website.


Amazon is an excellent alternative when ordering a considerable number of titles. Purchasing a low quantity of titles will incur high shipping fees. However, customers need not worry because Amazon boasts a wide selection of over 30 million books, assuring customers they will be able to find all their desired titles.

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