Online Bookstores and Publishers
Support your homegrown bookstores and publishers during COVID-19. Hit up your favourite local bookstore and publisher’s online stores to get your literary fix contact-free!
Alkem Company and Alkem Distribution Center is one of the largest independent book and educational materials distribution company in South East Asia. They work with established partners and booksellers in Singapore and have been accredited as one of the leading companies in Singapore.
They have distributed more than 15 million copies of books and four million ebooks in two separate years. Alkem has been awarded numerous awards and currently supplies books to National Library Board, Singapore.
亚太图书 (ASIAPAC BOOKS)
亚太图书 (Asiapac Books) is dedicated to publishing educational comics and illustrated books to enhance lifelong learning. They focus mainly on humanities such as history, philosophy, literature and culture.
亚太图书 (Asiapac Books) seeks to promote understanding and appreciation of world cultures and to walk alongside their readers in their life-long learning journey. With thousands of titles sold worldwide, Asiapac Books has established itself as a heritage brand in the global book industry.
Just a glimpse of its signature navy blue coloured carrier bag and any book lover will know someone went book buying at Books Kinokuniya. Starting with their first branch at Liang Court Shopping Centre in December 1983, Books Kinokuniya has grown and expanded since then. Their flagship store provides various titles from all over the world including English, Japanese, Chinese, French and German publications.
BooksActually is an independent bookstore in Singapore specialising in Fiction and Literature, aiming to sell books that major bookstores don't display or put up often.
In order to garner more attention to local literary works, they often host events like book talks, book launches, panel discussions and many more, which appeal to a wide range of people. BooksActually gives opportunities to writers so that they could be comfortable showcasing their works. They now operate entirely online and deliver books to your doorsteps.
Booktique - Where Writers Shop is an independent bookshop founded in 2013 by Anthony Koh Waugh. He started writing freelance full-time in 2007 and decided to start a mobile “bookshop” selling books on writing. Booktique aspires to be a soulful space that not only inspires creativity but also humanity.
After the closure of their Citylink Mall bookstore in June 2017, they launched a lifestyle pop-up store, Chio Books. Although the pop-up has ended in March 2021, Anthony still runs pop-up book fairs.
Bubbly Books is a boutique publisher specialising in children's literature, established in 2011. They create engaging Asia-based content to entertain and enrich kids. Bubbly Books hopes that the books by their authors will instil a love for reading at an early age and add to the literary scene.
Most of their books are set in Singapore, or have a strong Asian flavour, tapping into the deep cultural traditions of the region. They believe that even the simplest stories can bridge cultural gaps, and help us see those different from us in a better light.
城市書房 (CITY BOOK ROOM)
"They are not only our readers. They are our friends and we are connected by books and humanity. Money can’t buy it." - Tan Waln Ching, founder of City Book Room.
城市書房 (City Book Room) is a Singapore-based independent publisher and bookstore, which aims to publish good literary works, spread knowledge and sustain the development of our culture. Some of their best-selling SingLit titles include 《画室》(Art Studio),《戏服》(Opera Costume) by the late 英培安 (Yeng Pway Ngon), and This Is What Inequality Looks Like by Teo You Yenn.
CLOSETFUL OF BOOKS
Set up in 2013 by owners Denise Tan and Kelvin Ng, Closetful of Books is a roving local children’s bookstore that reaches out to children in their school canteens.
Both owners are book lovers who grew up reading magical stories. They believe in the power of a book, and that children should be given that access and opportunity. Any given roving book fair at a school is accompanied by a wide range and specially curated selection of picture books, novels, non-fiction titles or graphic novels.
Ethos Books is an independent publisher of literary fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. They hope to give voice to emerging and exciting writers from diverse backgrounds, and help foster an environment in which literature and the arts not only survive, but thrive.
Established in 1997, Ethos Books, an imprint of Pagesetters Services Pte Ltd, aims to create books that capture the spirit of a people and reflect the ethos of our changing times.
GOGURU BY TIMES BOOKSHOP
GoGuru is Times bookstore’s e-commerce store carrying a wide range of products, from books, magazines, textbooks and assessment books, to stationery and educational toys, accompanying you and your family on your reading journey together. From expert advice and insightful interviews to ideas for fun family activities, GoGuru seeks to inspire families on the importance of a well-rounded, holistic child and realise their full potential.
Grassroots Book Room
草根書室 (Grassroots Book Room) believes that for books to be discovered and appreciated, a physical space where readers can interact with books is important.
However, keeping their business afloat by selling more books remains their biggest challenge. To attract customers, they organise talks and exhibitions, and post information about new books, including local ones, on social media. So far, Grassroots Book Room has made an impression on book lovers.
HUGGS-EPIGRAM COFFEE BOOKSHOP
“Our tagline for the store is ‘Hold Singapore in Your Hands’ and we (also) want to tell our visitors from overseas that the best souvenir they can bring home is a Singapore book.” - Edmund Wee, founder of Epigram.
Huggs-Epigram Coffee Bookshop is the only bookshop to offer only Singapore books. These are books written about Singapore, books written by Singaporean authors or books published by Singaporean publishers–in all, more than 400 titles!
玲子传媒 (LINGZI MEDIA)
玲子传媒 (Lingzi Media) is a publishing and distribution company established with the aim of promoting the Chinese language in Singapore. In the past twenty years, it has worked with writers and educational institutions to produce a wide range of literary and non-fiction titles, and has developed into a leading company in the fields of publishing, culture and education in Singapore.
In recent years, 玲子传媒 (Lingzi Media) has sought out international content that is suitable for the Singapore market, particularly books for children and young adults, either through co-publishing or rights acquisition.
友谊书斋 (MAHA YU YI)
友谊书斋 (Maha Yu Yi) was started by Mr. Sung Teo Chu in 1969 due to his passion for Chinese culture, books and arts. However, realising that there was no bookstore dedicated to Chinese children’s titles, Sung Yuen Ling decided to start her own children’s bookstore that would easily allow parents to browse and select Chinese story books and get children to enjoy reading Chinese.
MARSHALL CAVENDISH EBOOKS
Marshall Cavendish is an international publisher that publishes books, directories, magazines and digital platforms. Their philosophy of enriching life through knowledge transcends the boundaries of geography and culture. Their products reach across the globe in 13 languages, and our publishing network spans Asia and the USA.
Established in 1906, MPH Bookstores has come a long way and been through the shifting tides of buying trends and reading habits. Besides competition from other major bookstores, their biggest challenge now is from the world’s largest online retailer – Amazon and its related company The Book Depository.
Nonetheless, MPH Bookstores is always keen to champion local literature and makes books written and published by local writers and publishers easily available in their bookshops.
NUS Press publishes books on Asia-related social science and humanities, with emphasis on Singapore, Southeast Asia, and East Asia. NUS Press also publishes academic books and journals, as well as high-quality general non-fiction. Books and memoirs meant mostly for a general audience and to be sold in bookshops are published under their Ridge Books imprint. They publish some 25 books a year.
Popular Book Co
As a homegrown bookstore, Popular Bookstore Singapore feels proudly duty bound to promote local literature. They have always actively profiled local authors and their works.
From time to time, they would conduct interviews with local authors and feature them in POPCLUB, their quarterly membership magazine with a print run of 140,000 copies per issue. It also aims to profile the local literary scene by providing local authors with a platform to showcase their writings.
Pustaka Nasional first published its books in 1963, producing several Malay novels by young writers now prominent in the Malay literary scene in Singapore and Malaysia. It also publishes translations of Arabic books into Malay Language as well as developed the syllabus and texts for Madrasah Schools textbooks in 1996, which are still being used today.
SGBookShelf is an eCommerce bookstore established by Page to Print Pte Ltd. It serves to complement the publishing platform of PagetoPrint by allowing both publishers and authors to leverage on a different avenue to host and sell their titles.
SGBookShelf has a vast collection of titles, spanning over 400 titles to choose from. Their list of noteworthy publishers includes Asiapac Books, Gerakbudaya, Pagesetters Services, Word Image, Seameo RELC, Ukiyoto Publishing, Gaudy Boy and authors like Joshua Chiang, Kelly Beh, Irene Lim, J C Sum, Raju Bhupatiraju, and many more.
THE NOVEL ENCOUNTER
“This is a celebration of storytelling. We curate the perfect gift for love (in) language.” - Adam Tie, founder of The Novel Encounter, resident poet and published author.
The Novel Encounter keeps things simple with no cover art, no critic reviews and no plot summary—just a significant sentence and the promise of a literary adventure. Their wish is to elevate the book reading experience by including the element of intrigue and hopes that you find romance in choice graced with a question mark.
Since 1978, Times Bookstores has been selling books to readers in Singapore. It is a member of Times Publishing Limited, a highly regarded media company. Times Bookstores offers English language books that cater to readers of all ages and interests.
Their bestselling SingLit titles include (auto)biographies of local icons, books about local politics and local fiction titles that are award winners. Times Bookstores also conducts an annual promotion for local books during the National Day month.
Unggun Creative started with a vision to publish high-quality Malay literary works from Singaporean writers. They believe that exemplary works of literature should have a good command of the language, embrace a forward-thinking philosophy and communicate its purpose succinctly.
Love to read engaging and inspiring Malay literature books from Singaporean writers? Check out their collection of award-winning and best-selling stories or poetry on their website.
As an independent publishing house, a learning academy, an online store and a publishing consultancy, UNGU PEN offers a full suite of services dedicated to inspiring minds and inspiring lives.
They carry quality home-grown publications, regional and international books, learning resources and merchandise. With their growing selections, there will always be something for everyone.
友联书局 (UNION BOOK COMPANY)
Established in 1952, 友联书局 (Union Book) is a leading book company that specialises in retailing and distributing a wide range of Chinese books.
However, in order to cope with the increasing popularity of online bookstores, readers’ growing preference for e-books and a decline in Chinese book readership, they would hold book fairs in schools and malls to reach out to younger readers. They would display local books upfront in their bookstore with prominent posters and offer promotions too.
Currently a supplier of Tamil educational to schools and teachers, Vidya.sg first began their journey with the intention to provide good-quality books written by local writers. However, due to the small consumer market, the bookstore started focusing on schools instead.
Ever since, Vidya.sg has been an avid supporter of SingLit. Some of their best-selling SingLit titles include Lulu, Kaatil Oru Kudumbam, and Kauntilyan Sathuram.
Woods In The Books
Set up in 2009 as an independent bookshop, Woods in the Books began life in Tiong Bahru dedicated to selling picture books for the young and young at heart. While a first of its kind then, it was still a brick and mortar shop that faced difficulties. In spite of the challenges, the bookshop owners persevered instead of falling under pressure from larger international book stores.
Almost a decade later, Woods in the Books continues to champion and showcase SingLit titles.
WORLD SCIENTIFIC PUBLISHING
World Scientific Publishing Company was established in 1981 with only five employees in a tiny office. Today, the company employs more than 200 staff at its headquarters in Singapore and 450 globally. In about three decades, it has established itself as one of the leading scientific publishers in the world, and the largest international scientific publisher in the Asia-Pacific region.
World Scientific publishes about 600 new titles a year and 130 journals in various fields. Many of its books are recommended texts adopted by renowned institutions such as Harvard University, California Institute of Technology, Stanford University and Princeton University.