Book Shopping in Singapore

I tried getting my books from these merchants and here are the things that you may wanna know before you make your purchase!

Online Book Shopping

1. POPULAR BOOKSTORE SINGAPORE

Popular Bookstore

BUYING OPTION/S: Online & Physical Stores all over the island

MEMBERSHIP AVAILABLE:  Yes

WEBSITE: popular.com.sg

WAIT TIME:

  • Depends on the availability of stocks, but lead time starts at 18 days.

This is where my story comes in. I placed 2 orders last August and here’s how it went:

ORDER NO. 1

  • Aug 18 – Ordered
  • Sep 07 – sent email to follow-up
  • Sep 12 – received an email update; My order is now ready for pickup after 2 days
  • Sep 14 – books received

Total wait time:

27 DAYS

Book Haul

ORDER NO. 2

  • Aug 27 – Ordered
  • Sep 02 –  email confirmation received
  • Sep 07 –  I sent an email for follow-up and customer service replied
  • Sep 28 – sent my 2nd followup for my order
  • Oct 11 – books received

Total wait time:

45 DAYS

Book Haul 2

When I ordered my books, everything was “IN STOCK” but according to the Customer Service of Popular Bookstore, they had a problem with my Kevin Kwan book order and it was the cause of the delay.

PROs:

  • Buying books in stores mean you can have a look at the actual books before purchasing them.
  • Good customer service

CONs:

  • While buying online is more convenient, a month of waiting is not fun. Honestly, I don’t think I’ll take this option again.

2. TIMES BOOKSTORE

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BUYING OPTION/S: Online & Physical Stores all over the island

MEMBERSHIP AVAILABLE:  Yes

WEBSITE:  timesbookstore.com.sg

WAIT TIME:

  • Depends on the availability of stocks.

PROs:

  • Buying books in stores mean you can have a look at the actual books before purchasing them.
  • A lot of titles are available here that you can’t find in Popular Bookstores.

CONs:

  • I haven’t tried ordering online, so I can’t list any at the moment.

3. KINOKUNIYA SINGAPORE

Kinokuniya Singapore

BUYING OPTION/S: Online & 4 Physical Stores (Ngee Ann City / Liang Court / Bugis Junction / Jem)

MEMBERSHIP AVAILABLE:  Yes

WEBSITE:  kinokuniya.com.sg

WAIT TIME:

  • Depends on the availability of stocks.

PROs:

  • A lot of titles are available here that you can’t find in Popular Bookstores and Times Bookstores.
  • Buying books in stores mean you can have a look at the actual books before purchasing them.

CONs:

  • I haven’t tried ordering online, so I can’t list any at the moment.

4. Book Depository

The_Book_Depository

BUYING OPTION/S: Online

MEMBERSHIP AVAILABLE:  Yes

WEBSITE:  bookdespository.com

WAIT TIME:

Book Depository’s email mentioned the following:

  • Books delivered from the UK – 5- 9 Days
  • Books delivered from Australia – 5-7 Days

MY ORDER TIMELINE

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

I placed my first order and got 4 books but the email dispatch confirmations arrived separately. 

BOOK 1: Josh & Hazel’s Guide To Not Dating

  • Sep 03 – Ordered
  • Sep 04 –  email confirmation received; the book will be coming from the UK.
  • Sep 14 –  marks as Day 9 – EXPECTED ARRIVAL, but no books received.
  • Sep 19 – book received

Total wait time:

12 business days / 16 ACTUAL DAYS

Book Depository Review

BOOK 2: The Book Ninja

  • Sep 03 – Ordered
  • Sep 07 –  email confirmation received; the book will be coming from AUSTRALIA.
  • Sep 18 – book received on Day 7 – EXPECTED ARRIVAL

Total wait time:

7 business days / 12 ACTUAL DAYS

Book Depository Review

BOOK 3 & 4: The Bucket List & Why Mummy Swears

  • Sep 03 – Ordered
  • Sep 06 –  email confirmation received; the books will be coming from the UK.
  • Sep 18 –  marks as Day 9 – EXPECTED ARRIVAL, but no books received.
  • Sep 24 – book received

Total wait time:

13 business days / 19 ACTUAL DAYS

PROs:

  • they offer more than 19 million titles
  • Great customer service
  • Free Delivery WORLDWIDE with no minimum amount required
  • Book prices are LOWER than the local bookstores.

Here’s an example:

Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan (Large paperback copy) Prices:

  • Popular Bookstore – S$32.64
  • Book Depository – S$22.18 (10 SGD difference)

Book Depository Review

Book Depository Review

CONs:

  • No tracking number available for your orders so there’s no way to check the status of your parcel.

5. AMAZON

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BUYING OPTION/S: Online

MEMBERSHIP AVAILABLE:  Amazon Account needed

WEBSITE:  amazon.com

WAIT TIME:

  • Depends on the availability of stocks.

PROs:

  • They offer free delivery but there are qualifiers (determined as you order)
  • Wide-range of books available, including ebooks and kindle copies.

CONs:

PRICEY DELIVERY CHARGES

While I haven’t tried ordering from Amazon, I tried to check the delivery options. If your order is not qualified for FREE DELIVERY, you have to pay for the INDIVIDUAL delivery charges of the books. So say, you ordered 4 books, there’ll be 4 delivery charges.

xoxo roma - Aug 2018

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