Yeah, I know. It’s an extremely specific title, but if you’ve ever had to choose between a book haul to Kinokuniya or grabbing Grab for the next month, then you’ll know what #inflation means.
And although Singapore is full of second-hand bookstores, finding what you’re looking for under piles of ten-year-old serials can be a dusty and time-consuming undertaking.
Fortunately, books have become more accessible than ever, given the advent of e-commerce – and I’m not just talking about Book Depository.
As much as I appreciate the free shipping to Singapore, the two to three week wait time and high prices made me look elsewhere before buying from them.
But during the pandemic, when we had no choice but to stay indoors, I managed to find a few places with cheap (even free) delivery and heavily discounted prices.
And what can I say: good things should be shared. If the words bookworm, hermit, and “on a budget” apply to you as much as they do to me, here are some friendly places where you can order your next read without ever leaving the couch.
We interviewed the CEO of Thryft, Singapore’s first sustainable online bookstore, in 2021. Since then, they have not only continued to hold monthly book bazaars, but have amassed a tremendous number of titles, including deals at less than $6.
New and popular books are rare and sell out fast, you might want to check their website regularly if you’re looking for something specific, but with over 15,000 titles available online you’re sure to find an item or two to your liking. taste.
Bonus: if you need a little offline retail therapy, you can head to their pop-up, Second Story, where you’ll find used books starting at $3.
This clearance bookstore has over 30,000 titles available online, in a variety of genres, and with select books up to 90% off.
Although the books are mostly in new condition, as clearance stock they may have some wear and tear (think minor dents and scratches after months on the shelf). Still, it’s a small price to pay considering all their discounts.
Do you want to buy books at a low price while supporting a good cause? Then check out Books Beyond Borders, which describes itself as a social enterprise that supports educational opportunities in developing countries.
Not only do they hold regular weekend Booxhibitions, where you can buy gently used books to help support class projects in Nepal, but you can also buy titles online for as little as $5 (offline, you can get them for as little as $3!).
Plus, you get free local express shipping on orders over $25, so spend.
This could be an entire article in itself, but it’s no surprise that Carousell has over 100,000 book, stationery, and magazine listings.
You’ll find plenty of sellers trying to offload their junk books – I recently bought a nearly new hardcover for $10, a huge steal considering a brand new copy is $36 on BookDepository – but here are a few other helpful profiles that you should follow:
- Sellers coordinate bulk purchases: you may have to wait a few weeks for bundles to arrive, but the discounts are worth it. (For example, a new paperback copy of TikTok bestseller The Love Hypothesis is $18.95 from Kinokuniya, but $8 from this bought Carousell Group.)
- Carousel booksellers: these are people whose profile is entirely dedicated to books and who operate almost like independent online bookstores. Their listings are often organized by genre or book condition, and you’ll get great prices and fast shipping because they’re sourced from local sellers. For example, a paperback copy of Atomic Habits costs $26.15 at BookDepository and $29.91 at Kinokuniya, but only $12.90 at this Carousell bookstore.
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This article first appeared in Wonderwall.sg.