7 places to get your books after Book Depository closes

From small local businesses to large chain outlets, there are various bookstores for every kind of reader.

Maisy Phua

Self-proclaimed fashion icon, pomeranian mom and Paris Hilton fan.

Published: 6 April 2023, 10:28 PM

Popular online bookstore Book Depository recently announced that its impending closure will happen on Apr 26.

Founded in 2004, the retailer built a following for its extensive catalogue of over 20 million books with free shipping to more than 120 countries, including Singapore.

While many were dismayed at the news, there’s no reason to panic as there are still a variety of bookstores available, from small local businesses to large chain outlets.

Here are seven places to find books in Singapore.

1. POPULAR Bookstore

Boasting 69 outlets islandwide, POPULAR is a Singaporean multinational bookstore chain.

Carrying a variety of books, stationery and even electronics, it is arguably one of the most popular choices when it comes to purchasing books in Singapore.


The first POPULAR Bookstore was set up in 1936 at North Bridge Road, initially focusing on retailing Chinese books and stationery. PHOTO CREDIT: POPULAR BOOKSTORE SINGAPORE


As a larger company, POPULAR Bookstore offers a wide range of books both online and in-store, and up to 10 per cent discounts for members.

2. Kinokuniya

Founded in 1927, Books Kinokuniya is a Japanese bookstore chain headquartered in Meguro, Tokyo. 


Shoppers can also browse more than 500,000 books on Kinokuniya’s website, including a variety of Chinese and Japanese titles. PHOTO CREDIT: KINOKUNIYA BOOKS


Aside from books and magazines, Kinokuniya carries an ever-expanding range of lifestyle items such as stationery, collectibles and figurines, DVDs, CDs, games and novelties.

Kinokuniya Books has two bookstores in Singapore, one in Takashimaya at Ngee Ann City and the other in Bugis Junction.

3. Basheer Graphic Books

Known for its affordable prices, Basheer Graphics is a specialised bookstore for design books and magazines related to architecture, design, animation, arts and crafts, typography and photography.

Shoppers can enjoy the store’s quick delivery services, with orders arriving between one and four days, with a $4 delivery charge.


The shop also provides free delivery for orders costing $100 and above. PHOTO CREDIT: BASHEER GRAPHIC BOOKS


Basheer Graphic Books is located in the shopping mall, Bras Basah Complex. 

4. Evernew Bookstore

Established in 1988, Evernew Bookstore was first located at Bras Basah Complex, otherwise known as the “Book City”. It is now located at is located at 231 Bain Street.

The independent bookshop features a treasure trove of books ranging from a timeless collection of adult fiction, classic children’s books, comics and graphic novels.


Evernew Bookstore takes pride as a second-hand book vendor that gives “additional chance in life to the books.” PHOTO CREDIT: EVERNEW BOOKSTORE


There are also vintage encyclopaedias, storybooks and educational, business and religious books. 

5. Ana Bookstore

Located on the fifth floor of Far East Plaza, Ana Bookstore is considered to be one of the pioneer second-hand bookshops in Singapore.


Shoppers can also browse the store’s popular collection of comics with prices ranging from $2 to $10. PHOTO CREDIT: ANA BOOKSTORE


The one-man show bookstore offers a rich collection of pre-loved and rare books in genres like fiction, non-fiction, biographies, politics, classics, spirituality, fashion, and many more. 

6. OpenTrolley Bookstore

Established in 2008, OpenTrolley Bookstore is an online-only bookstore featuring around 15 million book titles. 


OpenTrolly Bookstore boasts a swift delivery service of four to seven working days. PHOTO CREDIT: OPENTROLLEY BOOKSTORE


Shoppers can browse various genres online like Asian-American fiction, literary collections, superheroes books for children and best-selling fantasy mangas.

It also offers books on crime, travel, gardening, fashion, design, architecture, wellness and family, as well as self-help books and cookbooks. 

7. BooksActually

Established in 2005, BooksActually is an independent bookstore specialising in fiction and literature. These include poetry, essays and literary journals, alongside obscure, critical works and antique or rare editions of books. 


Deliveries from BooksActually cost $1.50 and take between three to seven working days to arrive. PHOTO CREDIT: BOOKSACTUALLY


Shoppers can also expect to find titles on subjects like history, biography, current affairs, human sciences, aesthetics, music and film. 

BooksActually also houses the largest collection of Singapore literary publications, including some out-of-print titles. 

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