Books! One of the few socially-acceptable items to buy in abundance in the personal finance world. A source of personal growth, entertainment and decoration. It’s okay to admit that last part – I like a nice book wall too.
Ever since I allowed myself the joy of owning physical books – briefly entertained the idea of collecting ebooks instead of books when #minimalism was trendy but nah I figured I need more screen-free time, not less – I’ve been collecting a list of budget-friendly online bookstores, which I’d love to share with you in this listicle.
My definition of budget-friendly online bookstores: they must have a healthy selection of books under RM30. Free shipping and/or additional sales/price reduction is a bonus.
Note: I’m excluding MPH Bookstore, Popular Bookstore, Kinokuniya, Borders Bookstore, Times etc from this list because you probably know these bookstores already, and they are not known as budget-friendly bookstores, unless during sales or clearance events.
Here we go. This list is not in any particular order.
#1 – Bookurve.com
Bookurve have a good selection of popular books at a cheaper price, and the cashback system is worth it, but that’s not why I included them here. For bargains, check out their Used Book section, and also their mystery boxes in fiction and non-fiction categories.
#2 – Big Bad Wolf Books
You already know this baddie. As much as I love the experience of picking books from their annual warehouse sales, I also love the fact that I can buy books easily from their Shopee page.
>>Buy books from Big Bad Wolf Books Shoppe
#3 – BookXcess
Sibling of #2, also well-known for stocking random books.
>>Buy books from BookXcess
#4 – BooksnBobs
If you enjoy sifting through random piles of books and discover one-off treasures that you can’t get anywhere else, you’ll like BooksnBobs. It reminds me of the times when I used to go to book warehouse sales organised at YMCA KL.
#5 – Buku-Buku Effi
If you like BookXcess, you’ll like Buku-Buku Effi! Lots of really good titles offered over at their Shopee page.
>>Buy books from Buku-Buku Effi
#6 – Gerak Budaya
Gerak Budaya has a lot of affordable Malaysian books, especially in the Sale section! Sometimes I feel bad because I have more Western (and predominantly white and male authors) on my bookshelves, when I am a proud South-East Asian. Need to put more effort into reading locally produced books.
#7 – Buku Fixi
And last but not least, I must include Buku Fixi for their contemporary Malay-language books (and a smaller selection of English books). I love that they don’t shy away from ‘sensitive’ topics, like religion and sexuality.
>>Buy books from Buku Fixi Shopee store
Any other budget-friendly Malaysia-based online bookstores to suggest?
Don’t suggest Book Depository – unless the specific book you want is only available there, avoid. Deliveries take too long and time is money. Plus, your local bookstores need the money more than them.
If you know of other Malaysia-based options, share in the comments. Would love to add other places you get your (physical) books from in this list. Happy book-buying 🙂