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Check out these cool indie bookstores online for great reads delivered straight to your door during NRP

Throughout this lockdown, books have been a welcome respite from reality and a decidedly healthier way to consume content (sometimes, even you need a break from those long hours on Netflix). There's also nothing like the feeling of getting books delivered to your home. For me, the thrill of opening up their packaging, ripping off the plastic covers and getting a whiff of that new book scent equates to the feeling of Christmas coming early. With Malaysians encouraged to stay safe at home a little longer this month, we recommend ordering a good book or two from these independent online bookstores that deliver nationwide during the NRP.    

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Books n Bobs

Books n Bobs is a secondhand online bookshop founded by Rachel Ang with the admirable goal of making works by unknown or new authors more accessible and affordable to the masses in Malaysia. It started as a humble Facebook store in 2016 and has expanded today with an inventory of over ten thousand fiction and non-fiction titles in English and Bahasa Malaysia: from children's books and young adults titles to a section devoted entirely to local authors.

Books here are classified into five categories describing their condition: the first being Brand New titles and the others – namely Like New, Very Good, Good, Acceptable or Clearance – are all secondhand.

Tatler Tip: From now till July 5, shoppers will enjoy a flat shipping rate of RM5 and 15 per cent off secondhand titles in conjunction with Books n Bobs' fifth anniversary. Enjoy free shipping to East and West Malaysia on purchases of RM99 and above.

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Lit Books

Although this minimalist bookstore has had to cut down on in-person book readings and other fun events since the pandemic, we're thrilled to see them still fulfilling online orders during the NRP, all while offering free shipping to West Malaysia with a minimum order of RM50 (or RM100 for East Malaysia). Lit Books specialises in English titles and offers a wonderfully curated selection of classic and contemporary books. Check out their Lit Reviews section for detailed analyses on trending titles.          

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Areca Books

For books by Southeast Asian authors, shop at Penang-based independent publishing house Areca Books. Browse through books on the humanities, social history, architecture, environment and other subjects; these books dive deep into discussions about Asian identity and the longstanding issues that shaped and affected the history of this region.

The newest release from Areca Books (pictured above) is Diary of a French Missionary: Penang during the Japanese Occupation, translated from the diary of Father Marcel Rouhan, who was director of the College General in Penang during World War II.   

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University Book Store Malaysia

Swinging by this tiny textbook store in Jaya Shopping Centre, Petaling Jaya, brings back memories. University Book Store Malaysia offers academic textbooks for pre-school through to university level, carrying titles from Oxford University Press, Pearson and more. The online store also has specific booklists curated according to institution, providing required reading materials from international schools like Alice Smith Kuala Lumpur, Kingsgate International School, Beaconhouse Newlands International School and others. Books in English, Mandarin and Bahasa Malaysia are sold here as well. 

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Feeling adventurous? Bookurve is sure to please with its Mystery Box deal comprising a bundle of four secondhand fiction books priced at RM29 or four non-fiction books at RM39, both curated by the Bookurve team.

This online store offers titles in English, Mandarin and Bahasa Malaysia at reduced prices. From contemporary fiction and comic books to children's books and flashcards, Bookurve's impressive inventory is yours to explore, with added perks for members (you can register online as a member for free). Bookurve also offers free delivery within Malaysia for orders above RM25.

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