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Stay home and read a book

Stay home and read a book

Rediscover the joy of turning pages and the written word.

By Caramella Scarpa

There are so many books waiting to be read during your time at home. Check out these local online bookstores with their wide array of fiction and non-fiction titles.


Lit Books

This independent bookstore is run by a husband-and-wife team who used to be journalists and are clearly passionate about books. Critically acclaimed fiction across genres is available from the classics and Asian literature to historical biographies and unique cookbooks, each title has been carefully selected to appeal to bibliophiles, casual readers and non-fiction enthusiasts alike.



Areca Books

Areca Books is a niche publisher located within Penang’s heritage zone focusing on mostly non-fiction works covering architecture, social history, biographies, cultural heritage, visual arts and the environment. Most of the books here revolve around Penang and the island’s rich and vibrant past. If you’re looking for a more substantial read or a literary gift, this site is worth a look.




An established independent bookstore located in Subang Jaya, Bookalicious also does roaring online trade. They have an extensive selection of books covering many genres from young adult reads to Asian literature to global bestsellers, collectible editions and great non-fiction titles. Prices are competitive and there’s always some discounts available especially for the book bundles.




Known as a socially aware publisher and distributor of books, Gerakbudaya’s offerings tell stories and inform from a different perspective. Its aim is to educate readers about Malaysian politics, history, culture and society through varied viewpoints. This isn’t light reading, but this could be the ideal time to learn more about the country and its nuances.




What started out as a small bookstore has become one of the largest online suppliers of discounted books. From the people behind the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale, BookXcess sells new books at up to 80% off the normal retail price. This is possible because they buy unsold books at a lower price and pass the savings on to readers. The selection is vast with a special RM10 section, new titles, fiction, non-fiction and children’s titles; and there’s also stationery, educational supplies, games and toys.



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