10 Online Bookstores to Check Out for Your Next Great Read
From the latest international reads to rare, local finds.
(SPOT.ph) There’s really nothing quite like spending hours in a bookshop scouring through the reads—but if you can’t head out just yet, there are lots of online shops to check out, too! What’s great about these digital shops is that they offer all kinds of tomes from big-time sellers that offer the latest from popular publishing houses to small independent players that offer rare and even out-of-print volumes. Better yet, there are some shops that offer pre-loved copies covering a wide variety of topics. We round up some of the best online bookstores that are sure gems for any bibliophile.
Scour through the digital shelves of the best online bookstores in the Philippines:
Local book purveyor Biblio.ph is officially online! You may know them for the quirky nooks their physical stores usually occupy, but you can keep track of their selection of new books, cool merch, and stationery on their website, too. And yup, you can buy these items online and pay through Paypal, GCash, bank deposit, or cash on delivery. Shipping within Metro Manila costs P150, while deliveries outside the Metro costs P250. And if you're more into second-hand finds, you can check out the website of their sister brand, Books for Less, too.
You can cop the latest international reads from Fully Booked’s online shop and even pre-order titles. Pro tip: They have a deals tab where they put up promos that are exclusive for their digital shop! Payments can be made through DragonPay, over-the-counter payment centers (banks included), and PayPal for credit card purchases. You can also avail of cash-on-delivery for purchases worth a minimum of P1,000. Just note that the delivery price and amount will depend on where you are in the country.
This quaint Maginhawa Street bookshop in Quezon City is home to rare and antique editions. While the brick-and-mortar store is definitely worth a visit, you can also score cool reads through their Facebook page. It is a family-run business so you can expect a more personal shopping experience—if there’s a specific read you just can’t find, you can ask them and they’ll help you look for it! You can choose to have your buys delivered through a courier service or pick them up from the shop.
Another Maginhawa gem worth taking a trip to, this hole-in-the-wall shop is selling their wide variety of books on Facebook. You can find pre-loved and even brand new books on every topic and practically every genre at this shop—with great price tags, too. Just take a look at their page and drop a DM if you see anything you need to read. Owner Dan Gaffud is the same brain behind the popular Bookay Ukay a few streets away so you’re sure to find some great reads here.
This IG shop specializes in Filipiniana books that are rare and even out-of-print. You can score books on Filipino art, history, and culture that are sure to count as collector’s items. A simple scroll through their feed is sure to remind you of how rich our literature really is—and would even make a bright addition to your follow count. Payments can be made through bank deposits or GCash.
If you’re looking for even more Filipino publications for your shelves, then Anahaw Books is worth checking out. This independent online shop proudly displays a varied selection of Filipiniana books, from history to culinary to children’s lit and everything across the spectrum. You can check out what books they carry through their Facebook page and purchase through their shop on Lazada.
Porch Reader PH
Who doesn’t love looking through pre-loved books? This online shop based in Valenzuela City specializes in selling a variety of used books—and there’s a high chance you’ll find one heck of a gem in their selection! You can check out their website for what books they currently have and keep updated on the store through Facebook. Payments on their site can be made through GCash, Paypal, or through banks online.
Books, Brains, Bombs
If you’re into deeply introspective reads, then check out the online shop Books, Brains, Bombs. True to their name, they carry classic titles covering philosophy, poetry, and anything that’s sure to inspire mini-galaxy brain moments. Plus, they sometimes put them up for sale so be sure to stay updated on their page. You can pay through a deposit or transfer to their BPI account, or other services that allow payment to the bank such as GCash or PayMaya. Just be sure to make space in your budget for the shipping fee, too.
National Book Store
Shop books and the usual hodgepodge of fun stationary and supplies at National Book Store’s website! They even have a “Text to Order” service where you can purchase goodies from the branch nearest you through text or Viber. Aside from their official site, you can order through their shops in Lazada or Shopee, too.
The Book Snoop
Arguably one of the most popular Metro Manila online bookshops on Facebook right now, The Book Snoop has been around since 2016. They specialize in hard-to-find books and titles across a wide variety of genre and topics. You’re bound to find something cool and niche with every batch of reads they upload online. Be sure to ready your fingers to type “mine” cause books fly off the virtual shelves pretty fast! Payment can be made through bank transfers or deposits, or money remittance services. Books are shipped via LBC and the fees are to be shouldered by the buyer.