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New books are the perfect antidote to quarantine blues—here’s where to get your literary fix from the comfort of your home

Just because the Hong Kong Book Fair 2020 was postponed amid Covid-19 third wave, doesn’t mean you can’t get your literary fix for a productive summer break. Some of the booksellers are still offering delivery services to bring the latest reads straight to your door. Whether you’re into literary classics, cookbooks or biographies, these trusted stores will have you covered.

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Like many of you, our hearts fell when we heard the announcement that Kubrick’s store was closed temporarily due to the pandemic. But their online shop is open and equally impressive, where book lovers can find a wide array of titles, such as unique graphic novels, art and design books, and literature to name just a few. Stock is easily navigated, and you can have your books delivered swiftly within a week. 

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Swindon Book Co.

Recognised as one of Hong Kong’s oldest booksellers, Swindon Book Co. is a cultural gem that has survived through the tide of time since 1815. Recently we've heard the announcement that the book store is closing its doors at the end of this month, but the good news is—Swindon will continue to serve their readers online, and you can still order books from their website.

As well as housing an expansive selection of reads ranging from fiction to art and lifestyle, the online store also offers academic textbooks, children’s literature and magazines. You can easily spend hours browsing the site, as Swindon will make you feel like no genre is out of your reach.

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Book Depository

Book Depository is the much-loved literary emporium that needs no further introduction. In addition to stocking a plethora of genres such as literature, children’s books, food and drink, economics and finance, crafts and hobbies, the UK-based online bookseller would also bring award-winning books, amazing works behind the movies, as well as the most popular book club picks to your fingertips. A real treasure trove for book lovers.  
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Bleak House Books

Bookworms, you can’t go wrong with shopping at Bleak House Books. While you can still dig through the collections at the store in San Po Kong (yes, you read that right—the store has just reopened yesterday after being closed for a month), those who prefer to purchase books online can take a look at the virtual bookshelves.  
This indie bookshop has been hand-curating a selection of new and used titles for readers of all types—including fiction, non-fiction, cookbooks and even vintage comics. If you aren’t sure what you are looking for, try the yearly book subscription service—Pickwick Club. Simply pick your favourite genre among Mystery & Suspense, General Fiction, and Young Adult, then send them an email. The staff would handpick and deliver 3 to 4 books to you every 12 weeks.

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Book Wise

For parents who have been struggling to keep their kids entertained and inspired at home these days, Book Wise is here to help. There’s plenty of fun items offered on their online store for you to nurture literacy and the love for reading in your little ones—think picture books, educational booklets, colouring books, puzzles, and wooden toys. If you couldn’t find the product you’re looking for, simply drop them a message and they'll get you sorted.  
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This article was originally published on 23 April, 2020 and was updated on 22 July, 2020.