In the conjunction with KLWBC2020, LOCCO will guide you to these bookstores that have a unique style and are destined to be a bookmark to readers.
1. Junk Book Store
According to the Malaysia Book of Records, this is the largest secondhand bookstore in Malaysia with over 3 million books . Just look at the vintage design as the store is still standing up for over 20 years. Located in Jalan H S Lee, you will not believe how a small entrance can be a two level walkway. Although it is secondhand, it is still suitable to read. The store is open everyday except Sunday from 8.30am – 3pm (2pm on Saturday).
2. Intelligentsia Book Station
Nestled among a row of old shophouses along Jalan Tun Tan Siew Sin, this is a little gem that is still there for Chinese bookworms. You can have a high possibility of missing the entrance as it is written in Chinese. Don’t worry, the owner kindly allows the visitors to have a photograph so don’t be shy and collect the memories along with the books. New language, new knowledge. Opens everyday from 10am – 5pm.
3. Little Giraffe Story House
Located at Batu 11 Cheras, this is a family education & personal development oriented library for kindergarteners and primary schoolchildren. With the contra murals alongside classroom design & multiple choices of books in Chinese, English and Malay, the visitors can receive valuable lessons with storylines and illustrations by authors especially children who will get a story-telling session once every month. Opens everyday from 1pm – 10pm.
4. Rumah Attap Library & Collective
Located in a row of interconnected shophouses at Kampung Attap, this small house was founded by Amateur, In Between Cultura and Au Sow Yee Studio in 2017 with the function as a physical library & imagined space with many books to be found for critical thinking. Many readers will have discussions on books that they read to open new connections between the arts and other subjects like politics, history and geography. Opens every Saturday & Sunday from 11am – 7pm.
Just alongside Rumah Attap, this is an independent bookshop that was founded in 2016 back at Ipoh before moving here. Tintabudi specialized in books of humanities, literature, philosophy and others. The staff are serious in promoting important books that are suitable for readers based on their interests. Opens from Tuesday – Sunday from 11am – 7pm.
With more than 10 outlets in Malaysia, we will not see all of it. I will specifically share about BookXcess in Sunsuria Forum, Setia Alam. This is Malaysia’s first bookstores with book tunnel concept. Once you enter a towering circular bookshelf at the entrance, you will be lighted by many LED lights that will brighten the wonderland of books. For the little ones, there is a mini-maze that will direct them to bookshelves with different colours that show different zones. Opens everyday from 10am – 8pm(Monday – Thursday) & 10am – 10pm(Friday – Sunday).
7. Silverfish Books
Silverfish Books was established in 1999 as an independent shop that focussed on literature and philosophy that wrote in English which either neglected by mainstream bookstores. Located inside Bangsar Village II, this bookstores also come out as an education centre for publishers whose want to expand Malaysian writing in English. Opens everyday from 10am – 10pm.
8. Kedai Fixi
Operated inside Sunway Putra Mall since 2011, this shop sells many books from Fixi that made many genres of books such as short story, novel & anthology. Fixi also received books from other publishers to be sold there and made connections from there as strategic marketing. Now, Fixi makes a promotion which starts from RM10 and you can buy 3 books for RM50. Grab the chance as it is a great deal. Opens everyday from 10am – 10pm.
9. Times bookstores Malaysia
With 5 outlets in Malaysia, I will mention them in Pavilion KL section. Times bookstores is a leading Asia retailer of English language books & complementary products. The store establishes a close relationship with readers of all ages with the high reputation at fancy malls like this. Open everyday from 10am – 10pm.
10. Kinokuniya KLCC
The biggest bookstores in Klang Valley located inside KLCC. This is the heaven place for manga and comics readers with original quality from Japan. Moreover, there are many books you can find in English, Malay, Japanese & Chinese so that have their connection as international bookstores in Malaysia.