Who doesn’t love the feel and look of a brand new book, all nicely wrapped in clear plastic sitting proudly on a bookshelf? The thing is, new books tend to be pricey. But there’s a better alternative: you can check out some secondhand bookstores that sell various types of books for a fraction of the price. Be it fiction, non-fiction or even textbooks, here are the Top 10 Secondhand Bookstores in Singapore!
As Singapore’s first sustainable bookstore, Thryft dedicates their business to giving secondhand books a new lease of life and helping to reduce waste at the same time. They even go as far as eschewing the usual plastic packaging for their books in favour of repurposed paper instead. But their act of sustainability doesn’t stop there, as Thryft would pledge 10% of the profits from every single purchase to their collaborative partners of charities and non-profit organisations. All of their secondhand books are in good condition while book lovers can expect wide varieties ranging from novels to non-fiction and textbooks. Alternatively, you can also do your part by trading-in your old books with Thryft and receive credits to spend on their platform.
2) Book Point
With over 500,000 titles to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choices when you browse their large collections of secondhand books at Book Point. And that includes every genre you can think of: classics, history, fictions, children’s storybooks, textbooks — you name it, Book Point has them all under one roof. Other than secondhand books, you might be lucky enough to come across rare or hard-to-find titles as well!
3) Evernew Book Store
Looking for old titles that are obscure or out of print? You might want to check Evernew Book Store at Bras Basah Complex, a treasure trove for avid book lovers ranging from novels to textbooks, history and comic books — all of which are made available without paying an exorbitant price. The store may be jam-packed with huge varieties of books but rest assured each of them is arranged accordingly to their respective genres.
4) GOHD Books
If you have been searching for rare and hard-to-find books, GOHD Books is an ideal place to be. Here’s a secondhand bookstore where you can discover vintage hardcover titles like Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1888), Edgar Allan Poe’s The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym (1957) and Leo Tolstoy’s three-volume War & Peace. Do note that prices are steeper than your average secondhand books found in most places.
5) Knowledge Book Centre
Whether you are a kid or an adult, there’s something for everyone here at Knowledge Book Centre. Since its establishment in 1975, this bookstore has housed a wide variety of genres such as primary & secondary school textbooks, reference books as well as fiction and non-fiction titles. They even have rare and out-of-print titles where you may not find anywhere else.
6) Book Treasure
Within the Parkland Shopping Mall lies an ordinary-looking bookstore, where secondhand books are randomly organised on the long tables. Beyond that, Book Treasure stays true to its name, with different kinds of genres you can find here such as popular fiction, romantic novels and literary classics. And who knows, you may get your hands on some rare books as well! But in case you are unsure what to look for, feel free to ask the friendly owner for suggestions.
Located at Peace Center, Sultana Book Store houses a wide variety of books, with some of them stacked high on the floor while others can be found arranged on the shelves. Here, you can find books like Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Tony Kushner’s Angels in America and Anne Carroll Decker’s Songs of the Soul. Not to mention they have plenty of self-help books as well, namely Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche and Eric Swanson’s The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness and Ryuho Okawa’s Tips to Find Happiness.
8) Ana Book Store
Here’s a corner shop of a bookstore in the Far East Plaza that may not look much from the exterior. But beyond its glass walls, you’ll be surprised to find a huge collection of books in the store — all filled to the brim on the shelves and even on the floor as well. Expect various fiction and non-fiction titles along with magazines and comics.
9) Beauty World Book Centre
Old but gold. As unassuming as it may look, it’s worth noting that Beauty World Book Centre has actually been around for decades. Budget-conscious book lovers can check out a diverse selection available in the store, filled with the likes of bestselling novels, literary classics and children’s storybooks. You can purchase their secondhand book(s) or rent one for up to 3 weeks and once you return it, you’ll get back a small portion of what you paid for.
10) Dignity Mama
Managed by young adults with disabilities and caregivers, Dignity Mama offers pre-loved/secondhand books at an affordable price. You can locate their stalls in four different hospitals including Khoo Teck Puat, Ng Teng Fong, National University Hospital (NUH) and Sengkang General Hospital (SKH). What’s more, you can also do your part by dropping off your old books to selected locations (Ng Teng Fong and NUH).
That’s not all! More Top 10s in Singapore are waiting to be discovered!
The compilation of this list was made from accumulation of Public Votes at TallyPress.com.