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Bookstore & Bookshop Locations in Singapore

There are several mayor Singapore bookstore chains where you can buy books in Singapore. Books in these major bookstores are frequently replenished, and booksellers enjoy a high amount of returning customers. The largest chain is Popular, see our full list of Popular Bookstore branches.


Our price comparison for travel guidebooks in July 2009 has revealed significant price differences. So watch where you buy!


Note that prices of fiction books tend to be more similar, but it is still wise to shop around if you want to save some dollars. Many local bookstores also allow you to place special orders for books that are not in stock.


The bookshops in Singapore listed below offer all kinds of books, like fiction, non-fiction, business, academic titles and comics:


(1) Kinokuniya Singapore


With a wide range of books, Kinokuniya is a favourite bookshop in Singapore among lovers of Asian comics and magazines, English fiction and poetry readers, and also carries non-fiction, scientific, self-help and academic titles. The stationery section includes Japanese stationery, and there is a bustling Coffee Express café in the store.

Sample Prices
Lonely Planet Australia:    S$54.57
DK Eyewitness India:    S$64.20

Main store: 391 Orchard Road, #03-09/10/15 Takashimaya Shopping Centre, Singapore 238872

Opening hours: Sun-Fri 10am-9.30pm, Sat 10am-10pm.
(Smaller branches located at Liang Court and Bugis Junction.)

Telephone no.: 67375021 (Takashimaya), 63371300 (Liang Court), 63391790 (Bugis Junction)

Enquiry form: http://www.kinokuniya.com.sg/site/?m=100&f=302



(2) Borders (Singapore)


Rest in peace, Borders. We still include the price check here. When look at the prices, you see one potential reason why people didn't buy as much as they had hoped... and eventually closed down.

Sample Prices
Lonely Planet Australia:    S$57.90
DK Eyewitness India:    S$67.90

Main store: (no more)

Opening hours: (none)

(3) Times Bookstore (Singapore)


Homegrown brand Times Bookstores has several branches islandwide and sells general fiction, non-fiction and children’s books. Free gift wrapping available and free home delivery with a minimum purchase of S$100 in one receipt.

Sample Prices
Lonely Planet Australia:    Not available in store
DK Eyewitness India:    Not available in store

Marina Square branch: No. 6 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square #03-142/143/144/145, Singapore 039594

Opening hours: Sun-Thurs 10.30am-9.30pm, Fri-Sat 10.30 am-10pm, Eve of PH: 10.30am - 10.00pm

Branches: at Centrepoint, Plaza Singapura, Funan, Jelita, Tampines 1, and Tampines Mall

Telephone no.: 6334 4650 (Marina Square), 6734 9022 (Centrepoint), 6837 0552 (Plaza Singapura), 6337 2833 (Funan), 6466 5702 (Jelita), 6782 7017 (Tampines 1), 6783 3106 (Tampines Mall)

Email: timesbookstores@tpl.com.sg



(4) PageOne


PageOne’s Vivocity branch opened in 2006, and its artistic interior, resembling a boat rocking on the waves, carries lots of English and Chinese fiction and non-fiction books. Some of the books and DVDs on sale are hard to find locally.

Sample Prices

Lonely Planet Australia:    S$54.57
DK Eyewitness India:    S$53.38

Vivocity Branch: 1 Harbourfront Walk, #02-41/42 VivoCity, Singapore 098585

Telephone no.: 6272 0822

Email: enquiries_vc@pageonegroup.com

Opening hours: 10am-10pm daily



(5) Popular Bookstore


Sells general fiction and non-fiction, though with a much smaller range compared to Kinokuniya and Borders. Many students have been to Popular to get their school textbooks, stationery, IT products and CDs. Its bookshops are located islandwide.


Sample Prices
Lonely Planet Australia:    Not available in store
DK Eyewitness India:    Not available in store

Bras Basah Branch: POP@Central, Blk 231 Bain Street Level 2-5, Bras Basah Complex, Singapore 180231

Popular Bookstore opening hours: Mon-Thurs 10am-7pm, Fri-Sun (& PH) 10am-9pm

Popular Bookstore location: at various malls and campus bookstore branches.

Please see our full list of Popular Bookstore branches.

Telephone no.: 6462 9555 (customer service)

Email: feedback@popularworld.com



(6) MPH Bookstore (Singapore)


Established in 1815 in Malacca, MPH the book shop moved to Singapore in 1890 and is a well-established chain here, selling books, magazines, stationery, gifts and greeting cards.

Sample Prices
Lonely Planet Australia:    S$54.57
DK Eyewitness India:    Not available in store

Raffles City Branch: 252 North Bridge Road  #B1-24/25/26, Raffles City Shopping Centre, Singapore 179103

Opening hours: 10am-10pm daily

Branches: at CityLink Mall, 63 Robinson Road (Afro Asia Building) and Novena Square

Telephone no.: 6336 4232 (Raffles City), 6835 7637 (CityLink), 6222 6423 (Robinson Road) and 6353 7133 (Novena Square)

Email: sales@mph.com.sg


(7) Harris


From its first outlet in Great World City, Harris has expanded to six outlets in just three years, selling an impressive variety of books for its age. The classic attracts the office crowd and students looking for novels, magazines, reference titles and children’s books.

Sample Prices
Lonely Planet Australia:    S$54.57
DK Eyewitness India:    S$64.20


Harris bookstore Singapore outlets:

Suntec City Branch: 3 Temasek Boulevard #02-069/71 Suntec City Mall Tower 2 Singapore 038983

Great World City Branch: 1 Kim Seng Promenade #02-22/24 Great World City

Jurong Point Branch: 63 Jurong West Central 3 #B1-92/93 Jurong Point Shopping Centre

Opening hours: Mon-Thurs & Sun 10.30am-9.30pm, Fri & Sat 10.30am-10pm (Great World City and Suntec), 10am-10pm daily (Jurong Point)

Telephone no.: 6732 3679 (Great World City), 6514 6398 (Jurong Point), 6514 6699 (Suntec)

Email: gwccustsvs@harrisbook.com (Great World City)


(8) Select Books


Select Books is Singapore's best independent source of Southeast Asian books. Since 1976, this Singapore bookstore has been carrying a respectable collection of Asian books on Asian art, literature, cooking and food, travel and children's stories. Pick up books about Singapore and Southeast Asia that you may not be able to find elsewhere here; history and culture aficionados will enjoy the selection at this bookseller.

Sample Prices
Lonely Planet Australia:    Not available in store
DK Eyewitness India:    S$51.52

Address: #03-15 Tanglin Shopping Centre
Telephone no.: 6732 1515
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 9.30am-6.30pm, Sun/PH 10am-4pm
Email: info@selectbooks.com.sg


(9) OpenTrolley


OpenTrolley is an online bookstore in Singapore with a wide range of books, cheaper than at any other brick-and-mortar book store. Online bookshop orders are shipped within 1-2 weeks and less popular books are shipped in 2-4 weeks. Singpost registered mail delivery is S$4.98/order, and self-collection at Toy Outpost at Plaza Singapura is S$2.80/order.


Sample Prices
Lonely Planet Australia:    S$42.73
DK Eyewitness India:    Not available in store

Telephone no.: 6887 4226

Email: customers@opentrolley.com.sg


Price Comparison Chart


  Kinokuniya Borders Times Page One Popular MPH Harris Select Books



Lonely Planet Australia,

ISBN 9781741043105


54.57 57.90 Not sold 54.57 Not sold 54.57 54.57 Not sold 42.73

DK Eyewitness India,

ISBN 9781405329446

64.20 67.90 Not sold 53.38 Not sold Not sold 64.20 51.52 Not sold


All prices in Singapore Dollars. Prices are correct at the time of research (July 2009).




Free delivery within Singapore?

Is it true that there are no delivery costs within Singapore, as quoted above? Because when, logged in and ready to pay there are quite some shipping costs...
[Report abuse]  
(03-04-2011) Daniel says: Hi Smenkveld,

There is free shipping to Singapore for the books that we ship from Singapore. We also ship from the US and UK (with free shipping to these countries), and you can select from where you would like to receive the books if they are available in different locations.

I assume that the book you have been looking at was currently not on stock in Singapore, and that's why it only showed you UK or US options.

Thanks for your feedback!

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