10 Online Booksellers in the Philippines
For when you want more books, but don't want to deal with traffic...or people.
(SPOT.ph) Bookworms love spending their time in bookstores, browsing through every shelf (or even those hidden behind and under more books). But what's lovelier is having more time to actually read those books. Thanks to online bookshops, more hours can be devoted to staying in and spending the whole day reading a book instead of getting stuck in traffic or having to deal with people (that's time consuming!). The best thing about these stores is that they sell items not often seen in mainstream ones.
We searched far and low for more online booksellers that can make your book dreams come true. Are you ready?
Here are online buying sites where you can score some reads.
Established in 1999, Avalon's website allows you to browse through its wide range of books—from chick lit to erotica, from memoirs to comic literature—through the search bar or lists per category. They also sell Moleskine notebooks, rare and signed book finds, and limited edition copies. You can even buy an Avalon.ph gift certificate for a friend or build your own Avalon.ph gift registry. Yes, you can "require" your wedding guests to give you books.
Modes of payment: Bank deposit (BDO, BPI, Chinabank, Metrobank), G-Cash, Paypal, Cash on pick-up
"A book is a device to ignite the imagination," says the banner page of Blink's website. With a quote like that, you're pretty sure you can find new books from your favorite author in its database. It also sells back issues of magazines like Forbes Asia and Travel + Leisure for as low as P10.
Modes of payment: Bank deposit (BDO, BPI), G-Cash, Paypal, Cash on delivery, MasterCard, Visa
Based in the University of the Philippines - Diliman, Bookturnal "keeps your mind awake" through a selection of brand new and pre-loved books. You can check out their Facebook timeline for their items and each post will lead you to their Shopee page. They also accept book requests for hard-to-find copies.
Modes of payment: Bank deposit (BDO, BPI, Metrobank, EastWest Bank, Chinabank, RCBC, PNB), Cash on delivery, Bank transfer, Payment center (SM Bills, LBC Bills, bayad Center, Robinsons Department Store, M. Lhuiller, EC Pay)
Porch Readers Philippines provides customers with access to pre-loved and new books at affordable prices. It has the vision of "spreading the joys of reading through books that we wish you to have" and is on a mission to build small libraries all over the country. For every book that you buy from their shop, a little something goes to building this fund. How's that for buying with a cause?
Modes of payment: Bank deposit (BPI), Paypal, LBC Pera Padala
BookFellas has a physical store in Project 4, Quezon City, but if you can't be bothered to brave the traffic especially in that part of the Metro, then you can just check out books through their Facebook page. Inquiries and orders are also easy as you can just chat them up online for the payment and shipping details. They have books in their original languages, such as Albert Camus's Le Premier Homme and Patrick Süskind's Das Parfum, for just P150 each.
Mode of payment: Bank deposit (BDO)
When Davao-based Roel's Bookshop says that it specializes in selling out-of-print and hard-to-find books, it means that the online store has hardbound copies of W. Somerset Maugham's complete short stories (P750), and Marcel Proust's Remembrance of Things Past (P650), and more. We also saw a lot of Sylvia Plath, Plato, and Oscar Wilde.
Mode of payment: Cebuana Lhuillier
Literary, philosophy, and poetry books may be hard to find especially in mainstream books, but for Books, Brains, Bombs, it's just part of the challenge of acquiring rare books to sell to its customers. We're talking about Italo Calvino, Salman Rushdie, Jorge Borges, Anne Sexton, Kurt Vonnegut, Vladimir Lenin, Yasunari Kawabata—having a bookgasm yet?
Modes of payment: Bank deposit (BPI), LBC Pera Padala
From Umberto Eco to Sophie Kinsella, Books Around the Corner boasts its extensive collection of titles for every literary genre. Their Facebook page posts updates with must-have lists every month.
Modes of payment: Bank deposit (BPI, Landbank), LBC Pera Padala
Murang Books sells secondhand books at a cheap price. Some of their items may have a few creases, but that just shows how well-loved these tomes once were. Spot Toni Morrison's Beloved for P100, Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway for P200, and even Soren Kierkegaard's Either/Or for P800.
Modes of payment: Bank deposit (BDO), Smart Padala
True to its name, Books from Underground's Facebook page banner is a collage of must-read titles about the resistance—Che Guevara's Guerrilla Warfare, Philip S. Foner's The Black Panthers Speak, and so on. But don't worry, their collection also has your favorite romance and chick lit titles from Jude Deveraux, Nora Roberts, and Sandra Brown. That's how varied their shelves are.
Mode of payment: Cebuana Lhuillier