Roundup: Shops That Sell Secondhand Books In and Around Metro Manila

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( If there's one thing that books and secondhand items have in common, it's that both of them have their own stories. Books, literally, through words and phrases spilling out of its pages, and secondhand items with their past: owners, how did they come to be donated, where they were from and bought, et cetera. Combine the two of them and you got a whole lot of interesting stories. And you, as a certified bookworm, are all about interesting stories, aren't you? Those that can be found in every nook and cranny, in every page turned. Do you know where you can find both of them (and more) in one place? Secondhand bookshops. Best part is the books are at more affordable prices, so a book haul is guaranteed.

Also read: 10 Online Bookstores to Follow for Scoring Hard-to-Find Books

Check out these secondhand bookstores in the Metro.

Books for Less

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Books for Less is exactly what it is: A place where you can score books at budget-friendly prices. The secondhand bookstore houses a wide selection of pre-loved titles across all genres—children's books, fiction, business, self-help, et cetera for as low as P50. Going for a book haul? You can shop wholesale on Books for Less with a minimum basket size of P25,000—20% off is applied at checkout. You can find them on Shopee, too. ICYDK, Books for Less also holds live selling events on Facebook.

Books for Less is located at SM Taytay, SM East Ortigas, Ayala Solenad and Robinsons Antipolo.


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Who doesn't know Booksale? No doubt that you have passed by—or more likely, stayed there for hours scouring through every title—the store loads of times inside a mall for some errands. You can find stacked books for all walks of life on shelves and cabinets, magazines, and a whole lot more. It'll be impossible not to go inside the store and not bring home a book or two.

You can find Booksale on Shopee.

Chapter IX Bookstore

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PHOTO BY Facebook/Chapter IX Bookstore

Owner Gary Montenegro said that other than his family, what gets him up in the morning are the "bibliophiles," and the "idea of giving them a good time through the books they buy," and thus Chapter IX Bookstore was born. Montenegro himself carefully curates the shop's collection. He uploads soon-to-be-available books on Facebook, so you can always look through their page before dropping by for your book shopping.

You can find Chapter IX Bookstore online.

Secondhand Books Philippines

It's all in the name, Secondhand Books Philippines is an independent bookshop that sells pre-loved books at very affordable prices. We spotted on Shopee best-selling titles, self-help and business books, textbooks, classic literature reads, and a lot of others that go for as low as P20. There are Harry Potter, and Hunger Games books, those of Paulo Coelho and John Green, et cetera. Spend less, read more, indeed.

You can find Secondhand Books Philippines on Shopee.


Roel's Bookshop

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PHOTO BY Roel's Bookshop Facebook page

Maginhawa Street in Quezon City is not only a must-visit place for foodies with all the food spots but also for booklovers with a hole-in-the-wall book shop known as Roel's Bookshop. If you want to shop or, really, chill while surrounding yourself with rare and out-of-print books and antique finds—think from fiction, and graphic novels to social sciences, religion, essays, and so so much more—this is the place to be. The price point starts at P40. And hey, just in case you don't have the time to visit, you can find them online.


Roel's Bookshop is located at 176 Maginhawa, Diliman, Lungsod Quezon, Kalakhang Maynila.

Porch Reader

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Porch Reader is "a bookstore built by booklovers for booklovers." The bookstore, aside from selling pre-loved and new books (fiction and non-fiction) at really affordable prices, aims to build free little libraries all over the Philippines with every book you buy. You can buy their books online or you could always drop by their quaint little nook in Valenzuela.


Porch Reader is located at 43 Unit E Marcelo H. Del Pilar St., Poblacion Polo, Valenzuela City. Open from Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Book Spine PH

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This bookshop is a two-way street for book lovers: those who are looking for new titles and those who are looking for a new home for their books. You can donate your books through Book Spine's BookDonate, and upon inspection, to be sold on their website, where a part of the proceeds will be given to the Read-to-Achieve Foundation. Book Spine PH boasts a wide selection of reads—from fiction to non-fiction, classic titles, children's books, and more. We spotted books below P50 at the Book Spine Mall.


You can find Book Spine PH online.

Also read: 10 Online Bookstores to Check Out for Your Next Great Read

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